New AU Quarterback Sets Goals High

A report on Auburn University freshman Steven Ensminger features comments from the quarterback.

Auburn, Ala.--For Steven Ensminger, the adjustment to college football probably isn't as daunting as it is to many young quarterbacks because he has been around the game much of his life.

The son of Auburn tight ends coach Steve Ensminger began his first official college practices last Wednesday after spending the summer on campus in voluntary workouts with his new teammates.

"I don't think it will take me too long to get the offense," he says. "I have been around it my whole life and I understand it."

There is one adjustment he is still making. While leading West Monroe High to the big school state championship in Louisiana last fall, Ensminger says he really liked the football his team used.

"It's a different ball that I am using in college," he notes. "You have got to get used to it. I loved the balls we played with in high school. When I got here I had to get use to the (Spalding J5V). I have been throwing them every day this summer and I feel like my arm has gotten stronger, which is really good. I feel like I am throwing it very well."

In high school, Ensminger notes that he threw a Wilson GST football. "I like them (the J5V balls) a lot now that I am used to throwing them," he says. "I talked to Brandon (returning QB starter Brandon Cox) and he said at first he didn't like them, but he is used to them now."

Ensminger is one of four quarterbacks on the roster. Blake Field is the backup behind Cox and Ensminger will compete with fellow true freshman Neil Caudle for the number three spot on the depth chart.

Steven Ensminger prepares to pass in his first week of practice as an AU Tiger.

"I like to set goals and my first priority is to get the third string job," Ensminger says. "Maybe if I practice well and learn the offense then I can work toward second string."

Overall, it says the adjustment to college life has been smooth. "I took three summer classes and did very well," he says.

He also notes he is getting to know other members of the 2006 signee class. "I used to go to high school with Zach Clayton (at Opelika High)," he says. "I knew Bart (Eddins) through his brother, who used to play here. Bart would come to all of the games and I would come to all of the games. I had seen some of the other guys at games and I have had some classes this summer with others in the class. They are fun to hang out with. I see a lot of athletic ability in this class."

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