Moved Marks Discusses Upcoming Season

Comments from Auburn defensive player Sen'Derrick Marks are featured.

Auburn, Ala.--Following an impressive redshirt freshman season at defensive tackle, Sen'Derrick Marks has high hopes of improving his performance while doing it at a new position.

The sophomore from Mobile is making the move outside to defensive end and is scheduled to start there for Auburn's season opener on Saturday vs. Kansas State.

"I feel like I am coming along and doing some good things at defensive end," Marks tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I am still learning the position, but I have this week to get ready for the first game. There are still things I don't understand so I ask Coach (Terry) Price and when I want to get a player's opinion I ask Quentin (Groves)."

Look for Marks to also see some playing time at tackle. "I think we will have some pass rushing plays when I will move inside and we will have Quentin and Antonio (Coleman) on the outside as speed rushers," Marks says. "I will be on the inside along with Pat Sims."

Looking at the defense as directed by second-year AU coordinator Will Muschamp, Marks says, "I believe we are coming along well on defense. A lot of the guys were in Coach Muschamp's system last year and we have got the hang of what he wants to run and how he wants to do it.

"I think the defense has improved a lot and we have learned a lot as a defense since the start of preseason camp," Marks adds. "The young guys have really made a lot of progress and we have matured as a unit."

Marks, who is expected to play in 290-pound range this year, will give the Tigers a larger defensive end than they have played with in recent years.

Looking at his team's offensive group, the defensive lineman says, "A lot of their young guys have made a big jump. The offensive line was a big question mark when we started practice and they have improved a lot. Sometimes they hold us off. There are some guys just in from high school who are playing well."

The Tigers, who posted an 11-2 mark last season, open the season with what are expected to be challenging non-conference games vs. Kansas State and South Florida. After nearly a month of practice, Marks is ready to start the season."I am really excited about the first game coming up," he says. The Tigers and K-State Wildcats will kick off the season at 6:45 p.m. on Saturday for an SEC vs. Big 12 matchup that will be televised from Jordan-Hare Stadium on ESPN.

Auburn has an 87-25-2 record on opening day including a 5-3 mark under Tommy Tuberville.


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