Sigler Growing Into Defensive Tackle Position

Devaunte Sigler has made a strong move in the preseason as he works at defensive tackle.

Auburn, Ala.—When he signed out of B.C. Rain High in Mobile in February, Auburn freshman defensive lineman Devaunte Sigler was around 250 pounds and had mostly played linebacker in high school.

Just six months later Sigler is poised to play significant minutes for the Tigers as they prepare to open the season on Sept. 3 against Utah State at Jordan-Hare Stadium. The kicker is that Sigler now weighs 275 pounds and will be playing defensive tackle for Coach Mike Pelton, a move he said he never thought about until this summer.

"The biggest transition was from standing up to getting down and being double-teamed by 600 pounds," Sigler said. "It's kind of hard down there.

"I'm kind of surprised actually," he added about his move up the depth chart at tackle. "It always takes hard work and dedication to get to where you want to be. I'm here now."

A photo of Sigler taken in the summer of 2010 at Auburn's football camp

Arriving at Auburn weighing 260 pounds early this summer, Sigler has been focusing on adding weight and muscle and it paid off with him getting up to as much as 283 pounds. It may seem like a tough thing to do and still be able to move and make plays on the field, but Sigler said the weight really hasn't impacted him in a negative way at all.

"It hasn't been that tough," he said. "I played linebacker at 250 when you're supposed to be at 225. Carrying this much weight is really not a problem for me."

Devaunte Sigler

With Sigler and fellow freshmen such as Gabe Wright, Angelo Blackson and Jabrian Niles all pushing to provide depth to projected starters Jeffrey Whitaker and Kenneth Carter at defensive tackle, Sigler is the only one who doesn't have the prototypical size for the position. Wright said after watching his classmate throughout preseason camp he more than makes up for it.

"Devaunte is quickness, instinct, I don't know there's just something about him," Wright said. "He's beastie. He's about 275 or 280 and he can hang. He's strong enough. He worked his butt off this summer. He's been getting coached up and working on his technique and look what he's doing. He's dominating out there using quickness and speed."

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