That was the case on Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium where speedy sophomore Tristan Davis was contributing to the strong defensive performance.
Davis spent the 2005 season spending time at both safety and tailback. This season, he is scheduled to be a defensive player 100 percent of the time.
"I felt very comfortable out there today," he says. "Me and Steve Gandy are roommates and we went over a lot of stuff in the meeting room. We had a lot of time to review our assignments and felt real confident out there today. The offense ran a lot of stuff today that we recognized from the earlier practices."
Saturday's practice was Auburn's fifth of 15 practices. They will go again on Sunday afternoon.
Following Saturday's scrimmage, in which the defense gave up just one touchdown in 98 plays, Davis was upbeat about his performance.
"We had a very good day in the secondary," he says. "I can only remember like three passes that they caught on us and against the first group I only remember them catching one. Jonathan (Jonathan Wilhite) had an interception and we knocked down a lot of passes.
"I feel like I am playing pretty good," he adds. "There is still a lot of room for improvement, especially on my reads and my first steps, but I feel like I am getting better. I am trying to give it all that I have got every play."
Last fall, Davis made a name for himself as a long-distance threat at tailback.
The safety says playing tailback was fun last season, but he doesn't have a problem lining up as a defensive back.
"I am enjoying playing in the secondary now," he says. "It's a little bit better than scoring a touchdown now. We will see how it is in the season."