Grubbs Talks About His Senior Bowl Week

Former Tiger Ben Grubbs hopes to continue playing football this coming season as an NFL rookie.

Mobile, Ala.--Former Auburn offensive guard Ben Grubbs has won praise for his work in Senior Bowl practices and the 6-3, 318-pounder is hopeful that he will have another good showing during the all-star game on Saturday.

Grubbs began his Auburn career as a defensive lineman before moving to tight end and then eventually finding a home at offensive guard in 2004. His performance there as an All-SEC senior has made him an interesting prospect for pro football teams.

Grubbs notes he is thankful the Auburn coaching staff moved him to the position that maximizes his potential as a pro prospect. "I'm very appreciative that they moved me around to different positions," he says. "I found a position at offensive guard and have been there for three years and I think I benefitted the team in several ways."

The lineman says he has enjoyed his week in Mobile both on and off the field. "It's always good to be back in Alabama," he notes. "I've been training in Georgia for a couple of weeks now. I've been to Mobile a couple of times. It's a beautiful city and we're staying in a nice hotel.

"It's always good when the best players from around the country can get together and compete," he adds. "We're athletes and we love to compete so whenever we can go one-on-one we take advantage of it."

Ben Grubbs enjoyed Auburn's fifth straight victory over Alabama in his final regular season college game.

Monday's practice started with a change for Grubbs, but he says he has adjusted. "The first day of practice we were working on our stance," he notes. "I got in my normal stance and Coach Warhop (OL coach George Warhop for the San Francisco '49ers) just changed it completely. I guess it depends on the coaching style. Everyone has a different way of teaching their players different stances. At Auburn, my stance was fine. Then I come here and it's wrong. I believe if I go somewhere else they might want to change the stance I have now to another one. It just all depends on the coaching style."

Grubbs says he will study his playbook heading up to Saturday's 3 p.m. CST kickoff at soldout Ladd-Peebles Stadium. The game will be televised on the NFL Network. Auburn players Courtney Taylor, Tim Duckworth, David Irons and Kenny Irons are also playing for the South all-stars.


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