Getting Ready To Mix It Up

Signee Anthony Mix says he is eager to get started after a delay in beginning his college football career.

Auburn, Ala.--One of the happiest spectators at this year's Auburn University A-Day spring football game is expected to see his role change from being a watcher to one of the watched for his next appearance at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Anthony Mix, who originally signed a football scholarship with Auburn in February 2001 and again last December, received good news last month when he made a qualifying test score on his ACT exam. That means the six-foot-five-inch athlete can join the competition for playing time at Auburn when two-a-days get cranked up in August.

On Saturday, he got a close look at the players he will be competing with for playing time this season. However, just which players that will be is still a bit uncertain. Head coach Tommy Tuberville has talked about bringing Mix in to play defensive end, a position he handled well in high school on a part-time basis. However, the speedy Mix says he wants to compete for a starting job at wide receiver, which was his main position at Baldwin County High.

Mix is shown at Saturday's A-Day contest.

Interestingly for Mix, the two positions with the best chance for a newcomer to play this season just happen to be wide receiver and defensive end. With five other wide receiver signees coming in as true freshmen, Tuberville says that he expects to see Mix join the competition at defensive end. However, Mix says he wants to line up on offense and compete with signees Devin Aromashodu, Lee Guess, Courtney Taylor, Montae Pitts and Ben Obomanu for playing time this fall.

When asked how much he currently weighs, Mix says he is "230 something," which would definitely be too light to contribute right away at defensive end. "I expect to come in and play this season and lose a little weight," he says. "This little weight that I have added is because I haven't done that much because of my wrist injury. I don't necessarily expect to start, but I want to play. I am not 100 percent physically yet because I have to tape it up. I would say my wrist is about 90 percent."

The injury kept him from playing football last season while he worked on improving his study habits as he attended classes and prepared to retake the ACT. He had come very close on previous attempts and finally got over the hump in March. "There was a lot of relief when I found out I was qualified," Mix says. "I tried to get here sooner so I could participate in spring football practice, but that is OK. Now that I have got it, I am happy."

A Class 6A All-State performer at Baldwin County High in Bay Minette, Mix was a three-sport standout in football, basketball and track before heading for the prep school in Virginia. "Hargrave was good for me," he says. "Not just in helping me get my test score, but in other ways, too. I learned what I need to do to be successful with my academic work. In high school, I didn't always do what I needed to do. Sometimes I would just do what I wanted to do."

A three-year football starter in high school, he was one of the state's more heavily recruited athletes. Mix was a PrepStar All-American and a member of the Huntsville Times Elite 11 list of top prospects before choosing the Tigers over a large variety of suitors.

He plans to arrive on campus early to begin workouts this summer to get a head start on his freshman season. He is no longer attending Hargrave and has a job back home in Bay Minette. "I am working everyday to earn some money before I come up here in May," Mix says. "I also work out. I go to the track a lot to do running. I am not doing a lot in the weight room yet (due to the wrist)."

Mix says he wants to show the coaches when he arrives that he has great speed to go with excellent size so he gets a serious look at receiver. "When they time me when I get here I will show them that I fast," he says with a big smile. "I will run a 4.4 40. I know I will."

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