TE Goggans Hopes Transition Stays Smooth

A report on Auburn freshman tight end Michael Goggans is featured.

Auburn, Ala.--Offensive coordinator Al Borges says that freshman Michael Goggans is one of the more interesting newcomers in the 2006 Auburn University football signee class.

Although the Tigers return three talented tight ends, Borges says that the 6-3, 258-pounder from Benjamin Russell High School in Alexander City will have a chance to play this fall.

Goggans, who picked the Tigers over Tennessee, Alabama and others, was a late verbal commitment to the Tigers, but an early arrival. He spent the summer on campus working out with his new teammates.

"It has been awesome going from high school to college," he says. "It has been a great transition. I am getting well acquainted with everything up here. It has been going good."

Goggans, who has shown good hands in summer voluntary workouts, says that he is looking forward to showing the Auburn coaching staff what he can do.

"I am going into two-a-days to work hard," he says. "I have three tight ends that I will be competing with. I am just going to go out there and have fun with and compete. If I can get some playing time, that will be good."

Michael Goggans could be used in a number of different ways this season.

Goggans will have a chance to be more than just a tight end. "When they recruited me, they recruited me as an H-back type of guy who can play fullback and line up in the slot," the freshman says. "I can line up at the line of scrimmage at times."

With starting fullback Jake Slaughter graduated, that spot is open going into the 2006 season. Borges notes that one of the option is to look at Goggans as a lead blocker.

The freshman took three summer classes at AU and notes that was a good idea. "I am glad I jumped in the program real early," he says. "That helped because it is a big transition from high school to college."

Making the the adjustment easier have been a pair of familiar faces on the Auburn team. "My former teammates at Benjamin Russell, Marquies Gunn and Eric Brock, have been showing me what to do and what not to do," he says.

One thing he is trying to do is get a little larger. "My weight (258) is a good one for me, but I am trying to get up to 265, which is where Coach Ensminger (tight ends coach Steve Ensminger) wants me to be."

Goggans wants to beat the odds and not be one of the rookies who is redshirted this season. "One of my main goals is to get playing time as a freshman," he says. "After that I will try to move up the depth on the chart.

"I am looking forward to two-a-days," he adds. "That is a big competition. Whatever happens, happens."

The Tigers, who put on full pads on Sunday, start two-a-days on Tuesday.

Michael Goggans is shown on signing day when he picked the Tigers over Tennessee.


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