Young Tiger Happy to Be Back With the Boys

Freshman defensive end Darrell Roseman talks about his injury problems this season and finally getting a chance to practice.

Auburn, Ala.--While the redshirts and young players have been grinding away much of the last week in bowl practices as part of Coach Tommy Tuberville's "Phase I of spring football practice", one player has been all smiles despite the hard work. For defensive end Darrell Roseman just being on the football field is reason enough to smile no matter how hard the work is.

"I missed a lot of time with an injury," Roseman says. "I'm finally glad to be out there with Coach (Terry) Price. I'm just working on my technique and things I missed because of my injury."

Entering the Auburn program last summer as a member of highly regarded defensive linemen signee group, Roseman was thought to have a shot at earning playing time because of his size and athletic ability. Already at 245 pounds when he arrived, Roseman began having problems with his legs, prompting an X-ray. What that showed was a stress fracture that forced Roseman off the football field until the week of the Georgia game. Now back and able to participate in full contact drills, the Dunedin, Fla., native says that it's a battle but he's working every day to get back the time he lost.

"It was real tough," Roseman says of not being able to play football. "Just coming out of high school with all the hype I got here and immediately they did an X-ray and found out I had a stress fracture. I couldn't do anything, not even in the weight room. I felt left out. I'm glad to be back with my boys.

"We're just taking it day to day right now," he adds. "Right now I'm feeling pretty good. I'm working on it every day trying to get my legs back under me because I have been out of the game for a while."

Darrell Roseman (98) and Zach Clayton (44) are two of Auburn's young defensive linemen.

Now up to 6-4, 265, Roseman has the look of a player who could be just the type of defensive end coordinator Will Muschamp is looking for in his defensive system. Showing the ability to be physical, Roseman says that while he originally wanted to play this season the injury and subsequent redshirt season will be huge for him and his fellow defensive linemen in the long run.

"It has been good for me," Roseman says. "When we first started two-a-days everybody was way bigger and stronger than us. Now I feel like we can compete for a job in the spring. The redshirt year helped us a lot."

While sitting out this season with his injury Roseman took the time to become friends with fellow strongside ends Marquies Gunn and Christopher Browder. Watching the seniors in action while also constantly asking them questions has been a huge learning experience for Roseman and he feels like it's helped him become a better player in a short time.

"I take a lot from watching them," he says. "Me and Gunn talk every day. He tries to teach me little pointers and C.B. does too. They are real helpful to me because they knew I was out. C.B. had the same problems with his shin so he just helped me keep my confidence up. They've been good for me."

Saying his goal is to compete for playing time next season, Roseman is likely one of five young defensive linemen who will get a shot in the spring to show what they can do. Bryant Miller, Zach Clayton, Mike Blanc and Jermarcus Ricks have all performed well this fall and Roseman says that the group is looking for big things down the road.

"We feel like we're going to have the best front out there when we're juniors and seniors," Roseman says. "Hopefully, everybody will be talking about us. We just feel that way though. We're confident in ourselves and our abilities."

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