Auburn Offensive Guard Braden Smith Is Getting Plenty of Practice Time at Tackle In Spring Football Drills

A pair of Auburn offensive coaches give their opinion on playing Braden Smith at tackle.

Auburn, Ala.--One of the spring training experiments with the Auburn football team is playing an All-American right guard at right tackle.

As the Tigers head into their second scrimmage of spring drills, Herb Hand said that senior Braden Smith is doing just fine outside at tackle.

“Braden has played tackle before in past years,” the offensive line coach said. “It’s not a whole lot new to him and that is why we did that.

“There are some new feels to the position in technique between tackle and guard, particularly in pass protection and the people they are facing, but Braden looks like he has been playing tackle his whole life. It’s been a smooth transition.

“We know and he knows what he can do at guard,” Auburn’s second-year line coach says. “He is adaptable enough that if we have to shuffle things, it’s an easy move. He us willing to do whatever he needs to do to help the team win.”

Auburn’s new offensive coordinator, Chip Lindsey, noted that he likes what he is seeing from Smith. 

“Braden looks good anywhere he is, I think,” Lindsey said. “He’s special player, special guy, great person, first one in the meeting room, all the intangibles are there. I am really been impressed with him.

“Obviously, I think him being at right tackle is something that is going to help our team,” Lindsey said. “At the same time we are going to find the right combination of guys, but I really like what he is doing right now at tackle.”

The Tigers, who are nearing the end of spring drills, will play their annual A-Day game at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 8th.

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