Big Lineman Played Big Role In AU's Success

Troy Reddick can be part of a record-setting senior class for the Auburn football team.

Auburn, Ala.--With a victory in the bowl game, Troy Reddick's senior class will leave Auburn with a school record 40 victories during the past four seasons.

For the big offensive tackle from Albany, Ga., that is something to be proud of, especially since he has been a major contributor to that success with 39 career starters and action in five other games.

Reddick, a 6-5, 335-pounder who is expected to have a shot at playing the game professionally in the National Football League next season, says that he is excited that he and his fellow seniors closed their home career in style with a 28-18 victory over archrival Alabama.

"It definitely felt great to win a game like that one, a big-time, prime-time game going against a highly ranked defense," Reddick says. "Beating Alabama for four straight years is great. I wish we could have done that against a couple more of our SEC opponents."

Troy Reddick is a powerful blocker who has the size and ability that pro scouts like.

The past four seasons the Tigers are 4-0 vs. Mississippi State and Alabama, 3-1 vs. Ole Miss and Arkansas and the Tigers are 2-2 vs. LSU and Georgia. In other SEC games during Reddick's tenure, Auburn is 3-0 vs. Tennessee, 2-0 vs. Vanderbilt and Kentucky plus 1-0 vs. South Carolina.

Reddick joined the Auburn team after being recruited during the 2001 season when the Tigers only managed a 7-5 record. Each season has been better than that since Reddick arrived to play for offensive line coach Hugh Nall, who liked Reddick enough to play him early and often as a true freshman in 2002.

He started three games and played in seven as a true freshman at guard He started all 13 games at guard as a sophomore. He moved outside to tackle for his junior and senior years and has been a fixture in the starting lineup.

"When I was being recruited I said that Auburn was definitely the team of the future in the SEC," Reddick says. "I am glad I was able to help this team turn into a powerhouse in this conference."

During Reddick's junior and senior seasons, the Tigers have won 22-24 games and will be looking for one more victory wherever the Tigers play in the postseason. A trip to the Jan. 2nd Capital One Bowl in Orlando looks to be the most likely destination for a date with a Big 10 conference opponent, either Wisconsin or Ohio State.

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