New Offensive Lineman Impresses Nall

Auburn, Ala.--Offensive line coach Hugh Nall says that a walk-on sophomore did a good job in Auburn's first scrimmage of spring training.

Nathan Farrow, who made the team last season as a backup noseguard on defense, won praise for his work ethic last season from defensive line coach Don Dunn. However, Dunn notes that Farrow's natural position is on the offensive line and head coach Tommy Tuberville agreed and made the move in the offseason.

After getting to coach him for a week at right guard, Nall agrees with Dunn's assessment.

"He really played well (in the scrimmage)," Nall says. "His run blocking was really good, I thought. He did some nice things in the running game and we ran the ball a lot in the scrimmage.

Farrow got some limited playing time during the 2005 season as a defensive lineman.

"What he has to do is work on his pass blocking," Nall adds. "That takes a lot of work for anybody when you are not used to doing that. It is a fundamental deal. You have got to make a lot of mistakes at it. Right now, he is getting a chance to make a lot of mistakes.

"Hopefully, as smart as he is, he will keep learning through time after time," Nall says. "I saw him get better out there at Sunday's practice. I am excited about him. He is really going to be an added number in that offensive line that is going to have a chance to play."

Nathan Farrow (65) is lined up at right guard as backup quarterback Calvin Booker (11) checks the defense in practice on Friday.

Nall had praise for the play of tackles King Dunlap and Antwoin Danielsf after grading Saturday's scrimmage. He notes that Andrew McCain, who moved to offensive tackle from defensive tackle on Friday, is a player with potential.

"He is still trying to learn the terminology," Nall says of McCain, who was in for five snaps in the scrimmage. "From what I saw he is very talented. In another year or so he will be a big-time offensive lineman."

While King Dunlap took a big step forward in his quest to win a starting spot at left offensive tackle, Nall says that fellow junior Leon Hart has work to do to take control of the right tackle spot. Nall says that Daniels played better than Hart in the scrimmage and is now the co-number one right tackle.

Leon Hart is trying to win a starting spot in his third season at Auburn.

"Leon had a rough time at times," Nall says. "I think the biggest problem Leon is having right now is in his pass protection and that is staying on his block and not giving up so much push at times. That will come.

"He just needs to keep on taking reps at it and working on his fundamentals," Nall adds. "That is the biggest thing."

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