Tiger Defensive Player To Get Look At New Position

An Auburn football player might be making a position move for the 2004 season.

Auburn, Ala.--Buried at third team on the defensive line depth chart, sophomore Timmy Duckworth is going to get a look at the offensive line when the Tigers return to the football practice field in August.

"Timmy came to see me yesterday (Wednesday) evening and told me that he wanted to take a shot at the offensive line in hopes of getting more playing time," says Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville. "I told him that I thought it was a good idea and we will give it a look.

Tim Duckworth

"It is not definite that it will happen, but it is something that we will see how it works out," Tuberville adds. "He can always go back to the defensive line."

Duckworth finished spring drills number three on the depth chart at noseguard behind two players who had strong springs--6-1, 304 Tommy Jackson, a junior, and 6-0, 295 redshirt freshman Josh Thompson. Duckworth also saw practice time in the spring at tackle where senior Jay Ratliff is running first team ahead of junior Wayne Dickens.

Duckworth, who is 6-3, 308, had four solo tackles, eight assists and two quarterback sacks last season for the Tigers. Tuberville says he isn't certain whether the big lineman will get a look at tackle or guard.

"We should be fine with our depth on the defensive line even if Duckworth stays on offense, but it is too early to know what will happen with that," Tuberville says.


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