All-Star Experience Productive For AU's Lindsey

Atlanta, Ga.--In contrast to the Las Vegas marketing theme, Auburn's Danny Lindsey hopes what happened in Vegas doesn't stay in Vegas concerning his week in the desert.

The former Auburn offensive lineman wrapped up what he believes was a successful trip out west with a strong performance in the Las Vegas All-American Classic all-star game on Saturday.

Lindsey, who started at guard for the 13-0 Tigers last season, is hoping that the horde of NFL scouts who were there will remember what he did in both practice and in the game.

"I enjoyed the trip," Lindsey says. "I think I got a lot out of it. There were a lot of scouts there--probably 300 to 400. They were there at practice every day. I actually played more center there than I did guard. I started at center and rotated and played three or four series at guard, too. I got a little bit of both. I think I exposed myself more and hopefully improved myself for the draft."

Lindsey, who weighed in at 311 pounds for the pro scouts in Las Vegas and measured six-foot-two, has signed with agent Lou Michaels and is working out in Atlanta.

The Auburn lineman kept busy on his trip out west. He filled out countless questionnaires for NFL scouts and talked at length with a variety of scouts every day after the practices.

Danny Lindsey celebrates the finish of a 13-0 season following AU's victory over Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl.

Lindsey used his skills learned at Auburn to show up well in all of the individual drills throughout the week that the pro scouts carefully study.

Lindsey, who made his first start as a true freshman for the Tigers, was a regular in the lineup as a sophomore, junior and senior. He says that if his college coach, Hugh Nall, was grading the all-star game video that he would have probably given the lineman good grades.

"I think I played well out there," Lindsey says. "I might have messed up one or two plays. It was a pretty basic offense. I feel like I was coming off the ball quicker than the defense. The West team's defense was a little better than the East's defense so I think we had better competition to go up against."

Lindsey was invited by NFL scouts to do additional workouts in Mobile this week while scouts are there for the Senior Bowl all-star game that includes Auburn players Jason Campbell, Carnell Williams, Carlos Rogers and Junior Rosegreen. However, his trainers advised him not to do that. "They want me to take a week off to rest after the all-star game," he says. "I am going to go back to Auburn on Friday."

The trip to Las Vegas wasn't all business. It included some time for fun with other all-star players. The former Tiger says the Vegas tourist highlight for him was going to the observation deck of the Stratosphere Tower for a panoramic view of the brightly lit city in the desert. "It is one of the largest observation towers in the world and there are rollercoaster rides on top," he says. "We got on them. It was scary, but it was also a lot of fun."

Lindsey was the only Auburn player in the all-star game, but he did run into someone he knew from prior to his days at Auburn. "Kyle Wallace from Georgia Tech was there," Lindsey says. "I ran into him when we were being recruited. It seemed like we were always taking the same visits. It was pretty weird we ended up in the same all-star game."

Overall, the experience was a good one for the Auburn graduate. "I had a lot of fun and I got a lot out of it at the same time," he notes. "It gave me a feel for some of the competition for the draft. With the linemen who were there, I felt like I could compete with all of them. I felt I was just as good if not better."

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