On Guard: Eddins Finally Feeling At Home

Auburn's Bart Eddins talks about his play at offensive guard this spring.

Auburn, Ala.--Bart Eddins entered Auburn as one of AU's more decorated defensive line recruits in recent years out of Trinity Presbyterian School in Montgomery, but now finds himself trying to earn playing time at offensive guard as he heads into his redshirt sophomore season.

Going into his second season on offense, Eddins has already come a long way as a player. He notes that he's becoming more comfortable as an offensive lineman, but it was anything but an overnight process for a guy with defense in his blood as the son of former Auburn defensive end Liston Eddins and the brother of former defensive end Bret Eddins.

"It definitely took a while," Eddins says. "I didn't play offense in high school other than fullback. To me it was just another kind of world. Once you start getting to the point where when they call a play you already see your track it makes you a lot more comfortable. You feel free and a little better when running that play."

Working with his position coach, Hugh Nall, on becoming better technically, Eddins has been impressive this spring working at second-team right guard behind Byron Isom with starter Chaz Ramsey out because of back problems. While he's still got work to do to become the player he hopes to be, Eddins says feels like he is getting better with every practice day.

"Coach Nall has helped a bunch," Eddins says. "Coach (Sam) McCorkle and Coach Franklin have, too. It seems when you ask any of the offensive assistants they'll help you. I have become a lot more comfortable in all phases, the running, the passing, the steps. I still have a long way to go, but I do feel like I'm getting a little bit better every day.

"There is still stuff I've got to work on," Eddins adds. "I'm still lowering my head a little bit. You really have to build on the good days because you're not going to have a perfect day every day. You're going to have that one day where everything that can possibly go wrong goes wrong, but what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. You just have to go back and watch film and see what you did wrong and not make that mistake again."

In better shape following a strenuous offseason program, for the first time since the move Eddins looks comfortable as an offensive lineman. He says that while he's pleased that he's improved, he's not going to be completely happy until he's good enough to earn playing time for the Tigers. If he keeps improving that day might not be too far away.

"I had some goals this spring," Eddins says. "One was to lose a little weight so I could get my feet back to where they were. I wanted to get my head back in pass protection, be in better shape, and fighting for the first team is always everybody's number one goal. Pretty much it was just to improve as an offensive player on and off the field, watching film and just the whole nine yards."

Eddis and the Tigers are back on campus following spring break. They will return to the practice field on Tuesday morning and on Saturday they will participate in the annual spring game that will kickoff at 1 p.m. at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

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