Young Buck Looking To Stand Out From the Herd

Buckhorn High junior offensive lineman Zach Branner talks about his Auburn camp experience and his camp plans this summer.

New Market, Ala.—It's not hard to see the potential when you watch Buckhorn junior offensive lineman Zach Branner in action. Although he will just be a junior, the 6-4, 325 Branner has good feet and is a bulldozer in the running game.

Recently he was in Auburn to take part in a summer camp with the Tigers and he says it was a good time for him to work on his game.

"It went pretty good," Branner tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I got to work in a lot of drills and I also got to meet a lot of coaches and show them what I can do. It was a great atmosphere. I was happy to do so good.

"I feel like I did some good things, but there is always room to improve," he adds.

Branner is shown during a summer camp drill.

It was a return trip to Auburn for Branner after taking part in a camp before his sophomore season. "I have had family members go down there and they liked it," Branner notes. "Last year I thought it would be cool to take a trip down there. I feel really at home there. I have family members that live 30 minutes from there. I just really feel like I'm at home."

At the camp that attracted more than 600 prospects, Branner had the opportunity to work with new Auburn offensive line coach J.B. Grimes for the first time. In a standout group of young linemen that included Tyler Carr and Kenny Thomas, Braff says Grimes impressed him with his energy and knowledge of the game.

"I really like him," Branner says. "I really love what he has to offer as a coach. Hopefully, one day I'll be able to play for him."

In addition to Auburn, Branner has also camped at Alabama and UAB. He also plans to camp at Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt this summer before his junior season for the Buckhorn Bucks and hopes to see the scholarship offers start to roll in.

"Right now it's like I'm writing a job application to play college football," Branner says. "I feel like this is my most important summer to get my name out there. Then I need to come back in the fall and have a great season, do well on the ACT and earn my scholarship."


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