Young, Talented Lineman Liking College Ball

A highly-regarded Auburn freshman talks about his adjustment to college football.

Auburn, Ala.--One of seven true freshmen offensive linemen trying to earn playing time on the Auburn football team, highly-regarded Avery Young said that he is enjoying his early days with the Tigers.

"It has been a great experience," the six-foot-six, 302-pound tackle from Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., High pointed out.

"It is everything I expected," he said. "It is everything I was told it would be."

A left tackle in high school, in addition to adjusting to college life and competing against bigger and better players, Young is learning how to play the right side tackle position. Asked how that has been working out, he said, "It is not too much of a change. Thank God for athleticism so it hasn't been too hard to adjust to it."

Avery Young

Young was rated as a five-star recruit by Scout.com. He waited until national signing day to announce his decision on where he would play college football for the Tigers.

Asked what his biggest challenge has been since preseason practice began, he said, "Just learning these plays. There are so many new plays in this new offense. I am just trying to adapt to it."

Young has been splitting reps on the first and second teams this preseason along with fellow freshman Patrick Miller. If he lines up at right tackle, redshirt sophomore Chad Slade is expected to be the starter, but if Slade plays right guard, where he spent most of his time last season, one of the freshmen would likely open the season at the top of the depth chart at right tackle.

Auburn head coach Gene Chizik said the Tigers are still sorting out the pecking order on the offensive front. Young said that he believes he showed progress from scrimmage one to scrimmage two.

"I have been working on technique," the freshman pointed out. "It is all about technique now. Coach Grimes, my coach, has been working with me about improving. It is taking a little time, but slowly but surely it is working."

Young said he and the rest of the freshmen offensive linemen get along well. "I feel good about them," he said. "They are hard-working players and everybody is trying to learn right now."

Young added that he and the other newcomers are fitting in with the older members of the squad. "We clicked in with the team real good," he said. "All of us are one big team right now."


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