Newcomer May Avoid Redshirt Season

This 2005 Auburn football signee is making a move for early game action.

Auburn, Ala.--One of the pleasant surprises of preseason practice at Auburn has been the aggressive play from true freshman defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks.

The 6-1, 273-pounder from Vigor High School in Prichard has won praise for his hustle, quickness and production from his position coach, Don Dunn, as well as head coach Tommy Tuberville.

Tuberville and Dunn say it is still too early to be sure if Marks will play this fall or spend his Saturday mornings in Kevin Yoxall's strength and conditioning workouts for players who are being redshirted. Dunn will be studying practice videos of how Marks played the first three weeks of workouts to help him make a decision on the tackle's status.

"Sen'Derrick has done well," Dunn says. "He had a little lull, which is normal for freshman, because it is hard and he has never been through anything like this."

Sen'Derrick Marks has been a pleasant surprise in preseason drills.

Tuberville says he likes the aggressiveness he has seen from Marks, who came to Auburn with a bigger high school reputation for his exploits on the basketball court than in football. "He is playing here like he has been here for a long time," says Tuberville, who adds that if Marks can be a difference-maker this year he won't be redshirted.

Marks says he isn't sure whether or not he will get in the game when the Tigers open the season on national television on Sept. 3rd vs. Georgia Tech. The tackle says his focus is the next practice. If he handles that task successfully, he notes, the big picture will take care of itself.

"We practiced hard in high school and I trying to do the same thing in college," he notes. "My coaches in high school told me that will make me a better player."

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