Hot, Tough Day For Marks and Fellow Linemen

Auburn defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks discusses his team's first preseason scrimmage.

Auburn, Ala.--Wednesday's practice with a scrimmage was an exhausting one for most of Auburn's football players. That was especially true for the defensive linemen like redshirt freshman Sen'Derrick Marks.

With the heat index at 103 degrees, in addition to an 80-play scrimmage plus practice, the defensive linemen had to stay after their teammates had finished to run wind sprints because position coaches Don Dunn and Terry Price were not pleased with their performances.

"We have got to see where we are as a defense and our coaches obviously didn't think we are where we need to be," Marks says. "The coaches told us mentally we are not where we need to be at this time so we had extra running.

"I am not exactly sure of all of the details," Marks adds. "It could be something to do with not executing the assignments and I know they weren't happy that we jumped offsides some."

The defensive linemen looked like they were in need of a tall, frosty drink and an air-conditioner after the Tigers finished their only practice of the day on Wednesday. Marks was drenched with sweat and couldn't have been much wetter if he had just climbed out of Parkerson Mill Creek that runs parallel to the intramural practice fields.

"I think I am doing good," the 6-2, 287-pounder says. "I have got my strength up from last year. I have also got my weight up, too. I have added about 20 or 30 pounds."

Marks notes the extra size has been a plus for him in contact work and he has been able to handle the extra weight in the heat. "It hasn't been a problem for me because I gained my weight earlier in the year and I have been working out all summer with it," he says.

For Sen'Derrick Marks, bigger is better in 2006.

Marks will be competing for a starting job with sophomore Pat Sims now that Christopher Browder was moved to defensive end earlier in the week. Browder, a senior, was moved to defensive tackle in spring drills.

"I believe they put him (Browder) down there at tackle because he had playing experience and more knowledge," Sims says. "Even though he has moved back to end, I still have to keep working hard because I will be battling Pat Sims for playing time."

Marks and the Tigers will return to the practice field for two workouts on Thursday at 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

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