Spending much of his time watching Coach Melvin Smith and the cornerbacks, Bridges said for him it was just fun to be back in Auburn once again.
“Coach Smith, I like a guy that is always pumped up and hyped up about his players,” Bridges said. “He gets on to them a little bit, but one thing that stands out to me is that he’s always running. He’s always running with them on and off the field. I like a coach like that. He stays on top of things.”
Growing up in the State of Mississippi, Bridges said he’s getting a strong push from the Ole Miss Rebels to stay at home. While he admits they are coming after him hard, he said there’s no question in his mind where his future lies.
“The pressure is real hard right now,” Bridges said. “Everything is real hard about them. I haven’t planned an official there yet but I might go on one. My official (to Auburn) will be the LSU game. I’m just laid back at the moment.”
“I’m very solid right now,” he added. “It’s about the coaches. Coach Gus, Coach Cheese (Charlie Harbison), Coach Melvin, Coach (Dameyune) Craig, it’s all good. I feel like it’s home.”
Tony Bridges is the prototypical cornerback Auburn is looking for in its defensive scheme moving forward
In addition to Auburn’s coaching staff, something that stands out about the Tigers to Bridges is having former two former teammates on the current roster, D’haquille Williams and Derrick Moncrief. Particularly important is Moncrief, a player who Bridges looks up to.
“Derrick is just like my bigger brother,” Bridges said. “When I was first going to Mississippi Gulf Coast he’s the one that got me there. He has never told me anything wrong about Auburn. I feel 100 percent about it.”
With the chance to play right away for the Tigers next season as a December graduate, Bridges said he’s focused on getting to Auburn and playing in the same secondary with Moncrief again next year. Knowing that the Tigers are wanting bigger cornerbacks in the mold of the Seattle Seahawks, he said it’s a great fit and he can’t wait to be part of it.
“I’m right there with him,” Bridges said. “I feel like I’m right there with him. It’s going to be something to see and something to watch. I’m ready.
“It gets me excited because he’s (Smith) going over gameplans to get me here,” he added. “He wouldn’t be going over tapes for nothing to get me here. He knows what I’m capable of doing with my height and my length. I’m very similar.”
With a few months to go before he can make those dreams a reality, Bridges said he’s got a message for the Auburn fans.
“War Eagle baby.”