AU's Duckworth Trying to Impress Pro Scouts

Auburn's Tim Duckworth is one of five Tigers who took part in the Senior Bowl week in Mobile.

Mobile, Ala.--Tim Duckworth began his Auburn football career as a defensive tackle, the position he wanted to play in college after being a two-way star in high school.

The big lineman says he appreciates Auburn's coaches for moving him to offense. He will be playing guard in Saturday's Senior Bowl game trying to impress pro scouts and improve his status for the 2007 NFL Draft.

"Sometimes I wish I would have been put in that position (offensive guard) to start out with," Duckworth says. "But everything doesn't work out that way. You have to give a little, take a little. I wish I would have come in playing offense. There are a lot of things I have to work on so I just have to go back and get better."

Duckworth played defense for the Tigers in 2003 and played there through spring practice of 2004 when he moved to offense. He saw very limited game action in 2004 with most of his work on special teams before breaking into the lineup as a starter for the 2005 and 2006 seasons.

Duckworth says he has enjoyed his week in Mobile where his practices have been watched by hundreds of scouts, coaches and front office personnel from NFL teams. "The time down here has been a great experience," he points out. "You have to do the best you can because your first impression may be the last impression. I've had a great time down here. I love this place. I wish everyone the best of luck down here because it's the best place to come to get recognized."

Timmy Duckworth is one of four senior starters who the Tigers must replace for the 2007 season.

The big lineman notes he is hearing some of the same things from the pro coaches that he has heard from Auburn offensive line coach Hugh Nall about what he needs to do to become a better player. "It's not too different because Coach Nall is always talking about the same stuff," he says. "It's just me getting better at doing them. I feel I'm getting better, but it's going to take time. Time is not on my side so I have to get better in a hurry. I just have to practice on everything that I know I need to practice on to get better.

"I knew coming down here that my footwork was not where it's supposed to be," he adds. "When they asked me what were the things I need to work on I told them my footwork."

As a lasting impression, Duckworth wants the coaches and scouts in attendance to remember that he's a work in progress. "I want to win over the hearts of a lot of coaches down here and let them know that I just moved over to offense and I can get a lot better. I am not like a finished product. I'm being molded into being a great athlete. I feel it's pretty good that I've only been playing this position for two years and I get invited to come down here. I'm a hard worker. I try to do the best I can and I'm always willing to learn."

Duckworth will be joined by his Auburn teammates Ben Grubbs, Kenny Irons, David Irons and Courtney Taylor playing for the South All-Stars for the 3 p.m. CST at Ladd Peebles Stadium on Saturday. The game will be televised by the NFL Network.

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