Football Tigers to Look at Position Change

A report on Auburn football freshman DeRon Furr is featured.

Auburn, Ala.--DeRon Furr, who graduated from high school early to participate in spring training at Auburn as a true freshman, will get a look on defense when the Tigers hit the field in August for preseason football drills.

Furr, who came to Auburn as a quarterback out of Carver High in Columbus, Ga., played that position in spring drills, but was injured and watched much of the spring session from the sidelines.

He returned for the end of spring drills in March and got a look at wide receiver in the final scrimmage of the spring and said after that he wanted to play this fall regardless of the position and that a move to another position would be fine.

Head coach Tommy Tuberville notes that it is an experiment and it is not certain that Furr will stay on defense, but tells Inside the Auburn Tigers that the freshman will get a look at safety.

DeRon Furr runs the ball on a keeper in spring training.

Paul Rhoads, Auburn's defensive coordinator and secondary coach, says that learning the safety position is more difficult than learning to play cornerback.

"There is a lot more to learn at the safety position--a lot more checks, a lot more things to recognize and familiarize yourself with than there is at the cornerback position," Rhoads says. "I don't want to say his learning curve will be a steep one, but he has got some work to do."

Furr led Carver to the state championship in December before enrolling at Auburn with a physical style of play at quarterback, something he showed while running the football in spring drills.

"You hope that translates into being a physical player on defense, but they are two completely different types of hitting," Rhoads adds. "The jury will be out on that until we see him in August."

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