Coming out of Calhoun County High in St. Matthews, S.C., Mack was rated a four-star prospect and the number 10 guard in the country by Scout.com.
Showing up at Auburn out of shape and overweight as a freshman, the Under Armour All-American was quickly assigned to scout team duties in 2010 and immediately set out to get in better shape.
Losing more than 30 pounds between arriving as a true freshman and taking the field last August, the 6-3, 330 lineman earned some praise from offensive line coach Jeff Grimes as he worked his way into two-deep at guard for the Tigers in 2011.
Mack got his first chance for significant playing time late in the season as he took snaps against Samford at guard in the Homecoming contest and showed he has the potential to get the job done as a college lineman.
Eric Mack makes a block in the 2012 A-Day Game.
With the chance to see more playing time in 2012, Mack came out in spring practice even more determined to get the job done. Working at guard early in the spring, he also saw action at tackle near the end of the spring drills and was at second team right tackle in the A-Day game behind true freshman Patrick Miller.
Having the ability to play two positions, Mack could provide quality depth for the Tigers this fall with only one upperclassman, (John Sullen), on the offensive line roster.
Even if Mack doesn't break into the lineup this fall as a starter, the redshirt sophomore could prove to be a valuable player for the 2012 Tigers. Grimes is looking for an experienced lineman who will be ready to step in and contribute at guard or tackle and Mack has the potential to fill that role, which is an important one for any football team.