Auburn Newcomer "Grinding" For Playing Time

Juco transfer Devonte Danzy is looking to contribute this season for the football Tigers.

Auburn, Ala.--A versatile newcomer to the Auburn football team who made significant progress during the 15 days of spring practice, Devonte Danzey will head into preseason practice second team on the depth chart at left guard, but he has the potential to contribute anywhere on the offensive front.

"I am kind of stable now at left guard," Danzey says. "That is mostly where I see myself."

Last season at Hutchinson Community College in Kansas he started at right tackle, one of the spots he hasn't worked at so far at with the Tigers.

"I started spring practice at center and then I moved to right guard," the 6-4, 284-pound redshirt sophomore says. "Then I moved back to center, then back to right guard and then to left guard."

Offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee points out that it is good to have a versatile player like Danzey on the offensive front. Auburn's head coach agrees. "He is an athlete," Gus Malzahn says. "He is very athletic and moves very well."

Danzey notes that left guard is a comfortable spot for him. "I played there in high school and was a pulling guard," he points out.

As a senior at Tampa Bay Tech in Florida he attracted offers from college programs, but not from major ones. "I was 6-2, 260 pounds in high school and I was borderline on my grades so after talking it over with my coach I decided to attend junior college."

While redshirting his first season at Hutchinson Community College in Kansas, Danzey grew two inches and gained right at 30 pounds. He also took care of business academically and athletically with a strong performance on the field last season, attracting plenty of attention from college coaches.

After earning his junior college degree in a year and a half, he chose the Tigers, announcing his decision on Christmas Day after narrowing his list of colleges to Auburn, Kansas, Baylor and West Virginia.

Devonte Danzey is shown in action during Auburn's spring football game. He will be a redshirt sophomore this fall.

Danzey arrived at Auburn to start classes in January and participated in the offseason conditioning program. That helped prepare him for spring drills, but not totally.

"We ran a fast-paced, no huddle in offense, but it is nowhere near what it is here," he says, noting it took time for him to adjust to Auburn's system.

He notes that he made progress from practice one to practice 15 with his new team this spring. "I feel like I improved a lot," says Danzey, who adds that there will be plenty of competition to win the starting spots before the Tigers open the season on August 31st vs. Washington State. Currently, he is running second team behind redshirt freshman Alex Kozan.

"There are a lot of good players," Danzey says. "We are all battling for playing time. The coaches told us the best guys will play so I am going to come out and continue to grind."

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