New Position No Sweat For Auburn Senior

Comments are featured from an Auburn player who made a position change at Tuesday's practice.

Auburn, Ala.--Sometimes college football players are less than thrilled about making a position move. If that same player has to make more than one change in the same season, the stress level can really increase.

However, for an Auburn University senior the only thing he was sweating on Tuesday as Auburn began its two-a-days practice schedule was the August heat.

"The coaches moved me back to defensive end from tackle and I am glad to be back," senior lineman Christopher Browder tells Inside the Auburn Tigers.

"Going to tackle earlier this year will help me at end," he says. "I got my weight up because I moved inside. I am 273 pounds now and the extra weight helps me a whole lot."

Browder was a backup defensive end last season, but moved to tackle for spring drills as the coaching staff looked to fill the vacancy left by 2005 senior Wayne Dickens. Improved play from other defensive linemen opened the door for Browder's return to end.

However, just because he has changed positions again doesn't mean that Browder won't ever play one of the inside positions. Look for him to line up at tackle or even at noseguard in obvious passing situations.

"Playing at tackle in the spring will really help me when they put me in the game to be an inside pass rusher," Browder says. "I know what everybody's assignments are on the entire defensive line and I believe that will make me a better player."

Christopher Browder (92) works in a one-on-one drill during a preseason practice.

Defensive coordinator Will Muschamp agrees that the experience Browder had the first week of August practice at tackle as well as in the spring will make him a better all-around player this fall.

"Browder is playing well now and we feel like he is better suited to end," Muschamp says. "We want to get our best 11 out there. Pat Sims and Sen'Derrick Marks have both played well at tackle so we feel good about that move."

As the Tigers prepare for their Sept. 2nd opener vs. Washington State, Browder notes that he is hopeful he will be part of a strong defensive unit. "You are only as good as the weakest link," he says. "We can be a good defense if everybody steps up and plays hard, young guys and old guys. If that happens we will have a good team."


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