Barber Determined To Keep Pushing In RB Race

Peyton Barber had a big scrimmage for Auburn on Saturday and is happy with his development as the running back battle continues.

Auburn, Ala.--It has been a long time coming for redshirt sophomore running back Peyton Barber, but on Saturday he finally got an extended opportunity to show what he can do and he more than delivered. With several nice runs and a long catch as well on a wheel route Barber said it was a great day for him and one he’s excited about.

“I feel very comfortable in the offense,” Barber said. “There are still things I've got to work on, but I'm feeling confident and I feel very comfortable.”

A powerful back who excels running between the tackles, Barber also has the ability to be a weapon out of the backfield as he showed on Saturday. Always comfortable catching the ball he said that’s something that could be a weapon for the offense when he’s in the game.

“I feel like that's one of my strongest points,” Barber said. “I feel like I have very, very good hands.”

The big plays on offense in Saturday’s second scrimmage were much needed for the group after the defense got the best of them the first time out. Focusing on throwing the football more and getting the tempo up, Barber said it was more like it for the offense this time around.

“I feel like last week it was our first day practicing in the stadium, just trying to get back to tackling pretty much,” Barber said. “I feel like the energy was definitely day and night.

“I definitely feel like it was a good thing for the offense,” he added of the first scrimmage. “I kind of felt like there were a couple of people on the team that felt like we had arrived in a sense and we needed a wakeup call. I feel like that definitely helped us a lot.”

Saying that he feels good about the offense following Saturday’s scrimmage, Barber said he’s going to focus on the little things down as he tries to win the starting job against Roc Thomas and Jovon Robinson. Just getting that opportunity is a huge boost for a player that has battled through injuries for two years and Barber said having confidence in himself and from the coaches is a big boost as Auburn gets closer to opening day.

“It means a lot but anything can happen,” Barber said. “The past two years I've been wanting to play, but I haven't so I’ve just got to keep pushing.”

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