Another player who is definitely one to watch during the 2012 season will be junior defensive back/wide receiver Antreal Allen.
At 5-9 1/2, 170 pounds Allen has good size for a young cornerback and has already been a big part of Auburn's defense as a starter in 2011. Bigger and more physical than last season, Allen recently took part in a one-day camp on the Auburn campus working against mostly upcoming senior wide receivers.
Showing good quickness and the ability to be physical with the receivers, Allen was one of the more impressive players in attendance and he said it was just a fun time getting to go against some of the best of the best.
"It was great," Allen said. "I didn't get to participate in any of the testing because I had sprained my ankle, but I competed in the one-on-one and seven-on-seven and that went good. It was good because I knew every player that I went up against would be a challenge because they are all ranked. I just wanted to make a name for myself by competing against the best."
Something that helps Allen is having the opportunity to go against teammate and best friend Blaise Taylor every day in practice. A speedy wide receiver prospect in his own right who has started working more and more at cornerback as well, Taylor is someone who Allen said makes him better as the two constantly work against each other to improve their games.
"We help each other all the time," Allen said. "Whenever we work out we work on our speed. After that we work on wide receiver and defensive back drills. We just teach each other what we've learned and go from there."
Hoping to get interest from Southeastern Conference schools by having a big junior season, Allen said he already has his first offer and is just looking for more.
"Arkansas State has offered me," Allen said. "That's great. They offered me and Blaise at the same time so that was real good. We've talked about it all the time about playing together at the same school."