Lashlee Notes Spring Football Standouts

Auburn football coach Rhett Lashlee talks about players who performed well this spring.

Kamryn Pettway is expected to see plenty of playing time in the H-back/fullback role.


Auburn, Ala.--With spring training finished Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee mentioned a variety of players who made progress as the Tigers completed their 15 practice dates preparing for the 2015 football season.

“At wide receiver Melvin Ray, we can trust and can count on him,” the coach said. “Marcus Davis, we can trust and can count on him. Those guys, I thought they had the most consistent springs”

Ray, a former professional baseball player, will be a senior this fall. Davis, a former high school quarterback who moved to receiver as a freshman at Auburn, will be a junior this season.

Another receiver who stood out to Lashlee this spring is senior Duke Williams. “We obviously know what he can do,” Lashlee said.

“When you look on the O-line, Avery Young was probably as consistent as anybody we have got on the O-line--him and Shon Coleman, and they should,” Lashlee said about those returning starters who are expected to be the No. 1 tackles this fall.

A pair of younger players at the fullback/H-back spot, redshirt freshman Kamryn Pettway and early high school graduate Chandler Cox, got the attention of the offensive coordinator. Pettway is a player making a move from running back.

“When we started they were at the baseline, they were nowhere, and 15 practices in when we feel like both of those guys are going to help us win football games this year,” the coach said.

Rhett Lashlee is beginning his third season as Auburn's offensive coordinator and quarterback coach.

Lashlee pointed out that looking at the big picture from spring training the experience was “very positive” on his side of the line of scrimmage.

“We got out of it what we needed,” he said. “I think we’re on the right track, but we have a long, long way to go because you look at it and we are losing eight guys that were starters.

“We have got a lot of talent, but there’s just not a lot of experience,” Lashlee added. “Until we get in that Georgia Dome for the first game we’re not going to really know how some guys are going to respond.”

The Tigers will open the season at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Sept. 5th in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game vs. Louisville.


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