Sigler Looking to Grow Into A Bigger Role

Auburn sophomore Devaunte Sigler talks about his goals for spring football practice.

Auburn, Ala.--A young Auburn football player trying to make a push for increased playing time in year two as a collegian is Devaunte Sigler.

Mainly a linebacker at B.C. Rain High School, Sigler quickly grew out of that position after bulking up in Auburn's strength and conditioning program. Now that he has grown to 6-3, 290 pounds he is working as a defensive tackle and he could also see playing time at end this fall where he saw action as a freshman.

With the Tigers going into their second week of spring training, Sigler says he is pleased with how things are developing. "So far practice is going great," he notes. "We've got great intentions out there on the defense. We are flying around. I can't wait until the season starts."

Devaunte Sigler

When the Tigers open the season in September vs. Clemson he hopes to be a big part of the defense after getting very big, very quickly after playing at around 250 pounds as a high school senior in Mobile.

"I have gained 40 pounds," he says with a laugh. "That's a lot."

Nobody on the Auburn football team this year has had a growth spurt even close to what Sigler has. He credits the football team's strength and conditioning program directed by Kevin Yoxall with the gains. "I just listened to Coach Yox every day, pushed myself and told myself I wanted to get bigger," he says when asked what he did to add so much extra mass.

"I was small last season," he says. "I kind of got pushed around. This season I am going to try to keep that from happening."

Devaunte Sigler is shown at Auburn's opening practice of spring drills.

Defensive line coach Mike Pelton has noted that Sigler has the potential to become a major contributor. One of the main questions concerning the rising sophomore is what position he will contribute at this fall?

"I like playing outside (end) better," he says. "I have more freedom. On the inside (tackle) you only have so much room to work with."

Wherever he lines up this fall, Sigler is hoping for more action than he saw as a true freshman. He played in 12 games last fall as a reserve and made six solo tackles with four assists plus one sack.

Asked what his goal is for his first season of college spring drills, he says, "This spring practice it is to be better than I was in the fall. I'm still learning, but I'm striving every day to do the best that I can."

Sigler predicts the defensive front, which returns all four starters and top backups from last year, will be improved during the 2012 season.

"Last year we were young and we really didn't get everything going, but now that we have played with each other we know each other, we know each others' abilities, we know what we can and can't do," he says. "I feel like we're going to cause problems to other teams in the SEC."

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