Versatile Fannin Takes On Bigger Role

Sophomore Mario Fannin talks about his play against Tennessee in a 14-12 win.

Auburn, Ala.--If you just look at the numbers sophomore Mario Fannin didn't have a huge game Saturday in terms of production with four carries for 18 yards and three receptions for 29 yards but in terms of importance to the offense it was huge.

Giving the Tigers an added dimension in the first half when he lined up at quarterback in the shotgun formation, Fannin's presence on the offense was something Tennessee had to account for. It also gave Auburn an added spark, something Fannin says he enjoyed.

"It's pretty fun," Fannin says. "We've just got to execute it better and make some adjustments on it. We'll work out great.

"It was back to home basically," Fannin adds. "Just getting back there I felt weird but at the same time I was glad I was back there."

A former high school quarterback turned running back and this year a wide receiver after shoulder surgery prompted the final move, Fannin says right now he's physically doing fine and is hoping for more action down the road.

"It was pretty fun," Fannin says. "The shoulder is doing great. I took some hits today and it felt fine. I'm good."

With speed, hands and the ability to make people miss, Fannin could be a big weapon for the Tigers down the road. Compared to a certain receiver at Florida that does the same things for Urban Meyer, Fannin says he hopes to have that same kind of impact on Auburn's offense.

"Percy Harvin does a great job," Fannin says. "Hopefully I can do the same thing. The coaches believe I can so I'm going to try my best to do so."

Even with Fannin's added dimension on offense the Tigers managed just one offensive touchdown and 226 yards of total offense in the victory. With still plenty to work on, Fannin says right now he's glad the coaches are trying to utilize him to get things going.

"I think they're trying to do it the best way they can," Fannin says. "I just thank them for it. I just try to give 100 percent effort every time they give me the opportunity."

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