New Season, New Position Agreeing With Big Tiger

Comments are featured from a key member of the 2004 Auburn football team and his position coach.

Auburn, Ala.--Troy Reddick made a position change in spring training and it looks like the decision to move the junior outside from guard to tackle is already paying dividends.

Reddick shared SEC Offensive Player of the Week honors with teammate Carnell Williams for his blocking performance in Auburn's 43-14 victory at Mississippi State.

A part-time starter at guard as a true freshman and a regular starter last year, Reddick looks like he will be a fixture in the lineup this season at right tackle.

"He is really playing well," says Hugh Nall, who is offensive line coach of the Tigers. "I thought he had a good game against Mississippi State. We just have to keep working on his fundamentals. His pass protection is something he needs to continue to work on. His pad level in the running game is something he needs to improve on, too, but he is really doing well." Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I watched film over the summer and worked on my technique and it is paying off."

Reddick graded 93 percent in Starkville. He says he had two games with higher marks as a guard, but says overall he is pleased with how he played in the SEC opener.

Carnell Williams looks for running room behind Reddick during a practice at the football complex.

The tackle says he and the other members of the offensive line have set a goal of improving each week throughout the season. "We have got it going and we are trying to build on it every day," Reddick says. "Every day we work extra, extra hard and we focus on trying to be perfect or the best we can."

Nall says there is plenty of room for improvement on the offensive front despite dominating the line of scrimmage at Mississippi State. "The first group did a good job, but we have got to get better," he notes. "If we don't get better each week, we will have a hard time this year. They did get better and got after them pretty good."

Nall says last year in LSU' 31-7 victory over Auburn in Baton Rouge that the entire Auburn team was outworked. "I thought it was a good, old-fashioned whipping," Nall says. "We just didn't play at their tempo. It has been amazing what the last two years have been like in this game. We took it to them the year before last (31-7 Auburn victory) and they took it to us last year. Assignment-wise, we weren't all bad last year."

Reddick agrees, noting there were some busts, but as a group the offensive front had decent grades. Decent won't get the job done this year, Nall predicts. "LSU will be ready on Saturday," he says. "They will come in here playing their best. They are defending national champs."


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