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Jason Caldwell Of Inside the Auburn Tigers Answers Questions In His Friday Auburn Mailbag Column

Auburn football, baseball, basketball, softball and tennis are included in this edition of the Friday Auburn Mailbag column.

Prince Tega Wanogho (above) will be a redshirt freshman offensive tackle for the Auburn Tigers.

AUpoker: Depending on the recruiting service, we have a bunch of #1 players at their position in HS on the DL, w/ Cowart, Adams, Lawson, Brown. How good can the front 4 be this year?

I think the front four has a chance to be a team strength and it starts with Carl Lawson staying healthy. He’s the engine that drives those guys and when you have a player who can disrupt off the edge it makes for a different defense. Last year Auburn had 54 total tackles for losses and nine of them came in the opener against Louisville, all in the first half with Lawson playing.


auburnNC89: What is the latest with Kellen Mond? Do we still have a good shot at him?

He is still looking at his options, but things really seem to be trending to Texas A&M at the moment. I still think Auburn is in the mix for the talented quarterback because of his relationship with Gus Malzahn and Rhett Lashlee, and also because of Auburn’s offense, but playing with good friends and closer to home is tough to overcome.

Jason Caldwell

Stanton Truitt is a redshirt sophomore receiver for the Tigers

IBspringer: How is Stanton Truitt doing?  Do you think he'll be in the role Roc was being groomed for this year?

Truitt is doing really well right now and looks amazing at the moment. He’s always been strong, but he looks ridiculous. He’s really in great shape and is hungry to show what he can do after being limited the past two seasons by injuries. I think he’s a good fit to play some slot receiver and get some touches in the running game. I could see him fitting into that role and wouldn’t be surprised to see that happen because of his history of playing quarterback.


Mgmzebra: What was the deciding factor in moving Prince over to OT from D? Good or questionable from your point of view?

I think as much as anything it has to do with just his immense size. At around 6-8 and already 282 pounds, Prince Tega Wanogho Jr. isn’t going to get any smaller and it’s just tough to play on the defensive line at that size because you’ve got to play low on that side of the ball.

Something else that factors in for me is a saying that Hugh Nall had. He always said he liked to coach defensive linemen because they didn’t have any bad habits to break on the offensive line. Tega has only played football for two years so he’s a blank slate. I think he’ll have the chance to be an All-American type of offensive tackle in a few years once he learns how to play the position.


Sandhills Tiger: Anything new on men's tennis?

Mark talked to an AU official on the subject and was told the Tigers aren't ready yet to announce a replacement for Eric Shore, who has retired, but it shouldn't long.

Racker74: Are you hearing or expecting any transfers this year to the softball team?

We’re not hearing any specific names at the moment, but there’s no question that Auburn is one of the hottest teams in the country right now and the Tigers are getting a lot of interest from players all around the nation. If it makes sense to bring a new player or two in for next season I think Auburn will have that opportunity.


Missd: To follow up on this (Joshua Anthony signing with Braves), do we think there are any guys we may try to bring in still, or are we done and just need to re-distribute scholly dollars now?

Auburn is still searching for a player or two to fill out the class and it wouldn’t be surprising to see them add another juco infielder to the mix to go along with Jay Estes from Chipola and Luke Jarvis from Saddleback.

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