Moving From Offense To Defense

An Auburn freshman talks about making a move from offense to defense in Tuesday's practice.

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn freshman Courtney Denson admits that his first day on assignment as a cornerback in training was not an artistic success.

"It was tough," Denson says. "I was looking bad. I would see the play, but I would keep slipping because I have not got the right technique yet. Once get that right I think I will be good at it."

Denson says he is not sure if the move to defense will be a permanent one. "They just told me that they needed to help them at corner. I have never played the position before. I have played safety so I have work to do to get the technique right."

Denson has been quarterback since reporting for preseason drills in August. He saw his first game action at Vanderbilt on Saturday. He carried the ball one time for two yards from shotgun formation.

"It is a real hard position to pick up and it is going to take," says defensive coordinator Gene Chizik who was watching Denson in action on Tuesday evening as the Tigers returned to practice for the first time since defeating Vandy 45-7 on Saturday. "We are experimenting around with the move right now."

Denson says that head coach Tommy Tuberville talked to him about making the move and notes in the short term he will still see some action at quarterback. "I don't know if it is a permanent move or not because I am still supposed to run some plays at quarterback running the option, draws--stuff like that."

Denson spent all of Tuesday's full pads workout with secondary coaches Chizik and Phillip Lolley. The true freshman says he isn't sure what his practice schedule will be, but notes, "Most likely I will probably just be working with the DBs because I know most of the offense now."

Denson says he is not giving up on the idea of playing quarterback. When asked if he likes the idea of playing defense, Denson says, "I will do anything to help the team. I am okay with it."

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