A Glimpse Of The Future

Thursday's junior varsity football game is a golden opportunity for this redshirt freshman to show what he can do vs. strong competition.

Auburn, Ala.--Ryan Broome says he expects a lot of eyes to be on him when Auburn takes on Georgia Military College in a junior varsity game at Jordan-Hare Stadium Thursday at 5 p.m.

The primary reason for such attention is because big No. 60 is the heir-apparent to starting left tackle Kendall Simmons.

"I figure fans who are pretty excited about Auburn football, they are going to come out and watch and the coaches especially," Broome says. "I figure they are going to look at me and see how much I have learned and what impact I can have on the team next year."

Broome is listed as No. 2 on the depth chart behind Simmons at left tackle, but when you back up a preseason All-American chances are your playing time will be limited, which has been the case for the redshirt freshman this season. He hasn't stopped learning though.

"I believe I have gotten better--more physical especially." Broome says. "I believe I have gotten most of my technique down. Technique is always important, but what I've really worked on is being physical on every snap. It's an opportunity to show what I've learned and how far I've come along."

Ryan Broome blocks in practice as defensive tackles coach Don Dunn watches the drill..

He says after being the giant in high school, it took him a while to get use to facing guys his size who can run fast and weigh in at more than 250 pounds. And the competition Broome will face from GMC is arguably better than the second-teamers he faced in his only action of the season at left tackle against Ball State in mop-up duty. GMC is no pushover and the team's defense is allowing negative rushing yards a game, which makes Broome's task even more daunting.

"A lot of guys see it as just another scrimmage, but Georgia Military is No. 1 (juco team) in the country so I'm expecting a whole bunch of Javor Mills and Alton Moores lining up across from me," Broome says. "It's an opportunity to go hit somebody in the mouth against real talent. I think those guys are going to be teeing off on us because they see it as their opportunity to get to a school like Auburn. They're going to try to blow us up, so it's a challenge to me."

Broome makes reference to Mills and Moore, who are defensive ends on Auburn's varsity squad, because both players made two-year stops in junior college before arriving on The Plains before last season.

Even though Broome has spent most of his time on the sidelines watching a senior-laden offensive line, he says the Tigers should be just as good or better next season when Simmons, and starting guards Hart McGarry and Mike Pucillo graduate. "We don't believe next year's will be any worse off when they leave because we have so much talent," Broome says. "The young guys are going to step up. I think it's a good thing because when you have young guys starting that are mean, and that have talent, when they get experience they are going to be something else."

The JV game starts at 5 p.m. at Jordan-Hare Stadium and admission is free. An exhbition basketball game follows at 7 p.m. at Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum.

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