Four-star offensive lineman and Auburn commitment Tyler Carr is back on the football filed after missing the early part of the season for Southside-Gadsden after being diagnosed with mononucleosis. Getting back to full strength, Carr talks about his recovery, his play, and his commitment to the Tigers in this Q and A with Inside The Auburn Tigers:
ITAT: How tough has it been for you early in the season after being forced to sit out because of mono?
Carr: “It was frustrating being out last season for the last two games of the playoffs and coming back this season and going through the hard practices and then getting to game-week and not being able to really do anything,” Carr said. “It was tough being bed-ridden for two weeks and missing the first two and a half games. That was pretty tough, but it’s something I had to overcome. I got to take some of that frustration out on Friday night. It all worked out I guess.”
ITAT: I know mono can really take a toll on the body, how did it impact you?
Carr: “I lost 20 pounds,” Carr said. “Honestly it didn’t really shock me. I didn’t eat for five days, so I kind of expected to lose a little weight. When I got back out there I felt a little lighter, that’s for sure. I think I have put four or five pounds back on now, but to be honest with you I don’t think I’m going to be put all 20 pounds back on. I would kind of like to stay where I’m at. I don’t think it’s such a bad thing that I lost all that weight.”
ITAT: Now that you’re back on the field what are you working on to improve as a player?
Carr: “One of the big things I have really tried to work on is getting to the linebackers,” Carr said. “At this level linebackers are quick and fast, but on the next level they’ll be twice as good, twice as big and twice as fast. I’m really trying to work on taking correct angles and things like that as well as pass blocking. That’s something we don’t do as much of and I’m trying to really work on it and perfect it at the high school level.”
ITAT: How has it been since you made your commitment?
Carr: “It has made a world of difference and made things a lot easier on me,” Carr said. “It has allowed me to free up and just play ball and not worry about all that. I don’t really get as many questions. I have been able to go back to playing ball again.”
ITAT: You have been to Auburn’s first two games. What was it like to be back as a commitment?
Carr: “That was great,” Carr said. “I’m ready to get out there and play with those guys. I really feel at home with the coaching staff and the new recruits that are coming in. This class that we are putting together is something special. These guys have all been committed to Auburn and we’re really talkative. When we go down there we just hang out with each other and that’s a good thing. I’m really looking forward to getting down there with them. They seem like good guys.”
ITAT: How important is your close relationship with the Auburn coaches?
Carr: “It was huge throughout my recruiting process,” Carr said. “Now I feel like I have a really good relationship with Coach Grimes and Horton and Coach Malzahn. I feel like I could go to those guys with just about anything. That’s what I was looking for and what I wanted. After you get done with recruiting I have heard a lot of guys say that they kind of get dropped off, but this coaching staff has made me just as involved in recruiting and got us together talking with other recruits. They have been really involved. I have really enjoyed that. It wasn’t just something that they said to get you there, they meant every word they told me. I’m just ready to get back down there and be working for these guys.”
ITAT: What have you seen from Auburn so far this season?
Carr: “Obviously it’s fast. It’s nice watching that fast-paced offense. The way they’ve been running the ball, I think I saw a stat that they were number one in the SEC so far. They have been running the ball really well. Nick Marshall has been doing really well. They have been throwing the ball around and scoring a lot, which is always good to see as an offensive lineman. You like to score a little bit. When they are on their game they are hard to stop. I kind of want to see how they do with this tough schedule they’ve got. They’ve got a bruiser of a schedule, and it will be interesting to see how they turn out. I think they’ll do really good and are going to be in that playoff.”