Gimel President (above) is a 6-4, 263-pound redshirt junior for the Tigers.
Auburn, Ala.--One of the bright spots on defense Saturday for the Auburn Tigers was the play of junior defensive end Gimel President. Finishing the game with four tackles and a sack while seeing time at the buck position for the first time this year, President said he believes it was an outing he can build on.
“I feel pretty good just learning a new position,” President said. “I’m just helping out the team the best way I can.”
That help was needed in a big way for Coach Will Muschamp and the Auburn defense with a lack of pressure on the quarterback one of the biggest problems since the loss of Carl Lawson in the season opener against Louisville. While he won’t be mistaken for Lawson, President made some good plays and Muschamp said he’s in line to see the field even more because of it.
“He made a nice sack there on a second down, one on the edge,” Muschamp pointed out. “He did some nice things for us and is a guy who will continue to get more snaps.”
President was just one of the guys up front who stepped up for the Tigers on Saturday against a physical Arkansas team. Defensive tackles Dontavius Russell and Montravius Adams combined for 13 stops inside with fellow Cassanova McKinzy, who plays linebacker and buck, adding six stops as well.
It was a step in the right direction for a defense that needs all the positives it can get. Recovering nicely after a poor start in the first quarter and first possession of the second quarter, the Auburn defense gave the Tigers a chance to win by allowing just 10 points the rest of the way in regulation. President said that is evidence of growth for the defense.
“We just all clicked together as a team,” he said. “I think that’s the team effort. I think it’s something we can build on. Now we have to move forward and get another win.
“We just stuck together as a family,” President added. “We’re just trying to keep growing together as a unit. We just have to keep positive and keep on pushing.”