Perry Hopes to Help Power the Auburn Offense

Auburn senior Danny Perry could play a key role for the 2007 football Tigers.

Auburn, Ala.--With injuries to returning starter Carl Stewart and newcomer John Douglas, senior Danny Perry is available if needed to contribute at fullback for the Auburn football team this season.

Stewart has been nursing a hamstring problem since the start of preseason. Auburn coaches are hoping to have him ready for the season opener, but aren't certain what his status will be when Kansas State comes to Auburn. Douglas, a 2007 signee, is trying to recover from a high ankle sprain he suffered in practice.

Perry, who made the conversion from tight end to fullback after walking on to the team after playing at Auburn High School, is coming off an impressive spring training as a senior walk-on who has improved every season.

Perry catches a touchdown pass in the A-Day game back in the spring.

Even before the injuries to the other fullbacks, Perry looked to be in line to play a bigger part in the 2007 Auburn offense because of his physical blocking style. "I am really, really excited about that because I have never played such a role before," Perry says. "I am ready to try to step up to the challenge.

"I am just trying to fill in for Carl who has been hurt," Perry says. "I know Carl is the starter, he is our main man and he is an incredible football player. I am just blessed to be a part of the offense. It is a great opportunity."

Perry, who packs a punch as a 242-pound fullback, says he will be very ready for some football as his Tigers square off with the visiting Wildcats of Kansas State on Saturday night.

"It is an opportunity for our seniors," says Perry. "Opening with Kansas State is going to be a challenge. They beat some big teams last year. It is a game that is going to be on national television on ESPN at 6:45 p.m. I think it is going to be a good one. I think it is going to be a war."

Danny Perry runs at a summer workout.

Looking at the 2007 Tigers, Perry says, "On offense I think our line is going to have to step up. I know they are really young and inexperienced, but with the leadership of Brandon (Cox) and Carl, along with Prechae (Rodriguez) at wide receiver, we are going to have a lot of go-to guys this year. I think we can open it up a little more because we have such a variety of personnel. With Cole Bennett back, that will help our running game. We can run it behind big guys like King (left tackle Dunlap) and Cole (tight end Cole Bennett), who is about 265."

Looking at the Auburn defense he faces daily in practice, Perry says, "Our defense is one of the fastest I have ever seen. It is an advantage for us to be able to work against our defense in practice. Speed is in never in a slump. It is always good to work against speed. If you can match their speed or exceed it, you are going to be in good shape. In the SEC the name of the game is speed and that is what our defense has."

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