Opportunity May Be Coming For AU Back

Eddie Gran comments on one of the lesser known members of the Auburn running back corps.

Auburn, Ala.--With backup fullback Mike McLaughlin not able to practice with both of his ankles injured, walk-on fullback Andrew Turman could have a larger role than expected with the 2005 Auburn football team.

Jake Slaughter, the senior who is a returning starter at the position, looks solid as a rock on the first team.

Andrew Turman is a 6-0, 228-pounder.

The Tigers can also use their tailbacks at the fullback position, particularly Carl Stewart, who checks in at just under 220 pounds. However, when Auburn goes to the old-fashioned, physical, get down in the dirt running game a hard-nosed, true fullback is good to have.

Auburn running backs coach Eddie Gran is trying to help Turman become that type of player.

"He is doing a good job and he works hard in his role," Gran says. "He knows his role, he knows his assignments better this fall. If Jake goes down, we need somebody who can move in there and get the job done. I would say he could get the job done if we had to go with him."

Turman, who was a three-year starter at Hoover High, played on two Class 6A state championship teams and one runnerup. Last season at Auburn, he saw spot duty in games vs. Louisiana-Monroe and The Citadel.

Gran says he would like to see the sophomore from Hoover become a better blocker. "He's good at everything, but on blocking it comes down to technique and we have got to get better at technique and that is the case with everybody," the coach says. "Blocking is about pad level and want-to. He has got the want-to, we just have to get his technique better."

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