Westerman Trying To Make His Move

Christian Westerman is pushing to move into the starting lineup at guard for the Auburn football team.

Auburn, Ala.--Now that Christian Westerman has had a taste of college football game action, he wants to take a bigger bite as soon as possible.

On Saturday the redshirt freshman offensive guard made his Auburn debut. He was on the field for 11 plays in the second half.

"On the sidelines I was a little nervous, but by the time I got into the huddle it went away," he says of his game debut at Mississippi State. "I was focused, I was ready to go. That was definitely a positive. I had a lot of fun. I am ready to get back out there for a lot more plays."

Westerman, who was rated a five-star prospect as a senior at Hamilton High School in Chandler, Ariz,, was recruited by colleges around the country. He committed to Texas, but switched to Auburn after the Longhorns changed offensive line coaches.

Playing for Jeff Grimes at Auburn, Westerman notes that he got some work with the first team in Auburn's first practice for its home debut, which is coming on Saturday vs. Louisiana-Monroe. Westerman says he isn't sure where he will be on the depth chart come Saturday.

"We are all still battling every week," he says of the offensive line. "I am definitely going to fight my butt off to get out there for more plays."

"I have definitely missed being out there on the field," the redshirt freshman points out. "To actually to get out there was a big positive for me. I was really excited. I think I actually played really well."

That excitement is tempered by losing 28-10 to the Bulldogs on Saturday and his team's 0-2 start. "I was disappointed about our loss and know we just have to get better from here, and we will, which is what I am excited about," he says.

Christian Westerman

Commenting on the offensive line, Westerman says, "We have to get better communication and do a better job of playing as five, which I definitely think we will do this week.

"We know what we have got to do," he adds. "We have to improve coming off the ball. We have got to get right as a team, which we are definitely going to do."

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