Auburn, Ala.--Coming off a disappointing first year at Auburn that saw him struggle in his transition from five-star to college freshman, Byron Cowart is a player who has come out this spring with the attitude of getting better each and every time out. Starting with a strong bowl practice and carrying that over to the spring, Cowart said these practices have been all about improvement.
"I’m just trying to take coach G’s coaching and get better," Cowart said of Rodney Garner. "The competition with guys coming in and stuff, you don’t want to get passed up. You want to take the coaching and get better, I feel like I’m getting there, but I’m not there yet.”
Saying that Garner's coaching and intensity is something he needed coming from a single parent home with just his mother to lean on, Cowart said Garner turned into a "strong man figure" and that helped him get through the hard times.
"He told me from the football standpoint I’m going to coach you hard, but off the field I’m going to love you just like you was mine," Cowart said. "It meant a lot. He was just teaching me the business side of football. It’s a business.”"
That's something that Cowart said he had to understand when he arrived with so much fanfare a year ago.
"It was hard in the beginning, but I came in to learn anyways," he said. "I didn’t come in to boast and brag I’m going to this, I’m going to do that. I just came in to learn. It was hard, it was an adjustment, but I learned everybody at this level is good so you got to bring your ‘A’ game everyday.”
Saying he needs to continue to improve getting off the ball and his mental toughness, Cowart said he this defensive line has a chance to be much improved from a season ago and he's looking forward to playing his part. Adding that he's just trying to reach his peak, the talented sophomore said the time is now for the defensive line and Auburn as a team.
“We have lot of potential, but just trying to get better as a team," Cowart declared. "No one is trying to get too high or get too low, just trying to do basically what Coach G say you either getting better or getting worse. We are just trying to get better each and every day.”