Opportunity Awaits for Big John Sullen

Incoming Auburn offensive tackle John Sullen is expected to get a shot at earning playing time this fall for the Tigers.

Auburn, Ala.--For big John Sullen, when he heads off to college the trip won't exactly be an epic journey.

In fact, the massive offensive line signee lives close enough to the Auburn University campus to walk there.

Sullen, one of only two offensive linemen in Coach Gene Chizik's 2009 Auburn recruiting class, will get an immediate look at offensive tackle, a position where the Tigers are short on experience and depth.

"It's a great opportunity for me," Sullen tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "The coaches tell me to just keep working hard and I will have my shot."

Sullen has been big throughout high school where he developed into a road grader of an offensive tackle his senior year at Auburn High School. He says reporting in good shape is a high priority.

"I am been working out and trying to eat right," he says. "I am trying to lose some weight. I am 356. My goal weight is 330."

Although he is 356, he carries it well on a tall frame. "I was six-foot-five last year, but I think I am taller now," he says. "I may be around six-foot-six."

Sullen earned first team Class 6A All-State status as a senior playing for Coach Tim Carter, whose Auburn High School team won its first 12 games last season before falling in the third round of the state playoffs.

"I would say run blocking is the best area of his game," Carter says. "John is kind of a bulldozer when it comes to blocking. We ran behind him quite a bit."

Carter says Chizik's Tigers are getting a smart player, too. "He can be kind of a quarterback for whichever side he plays on. He did a good job of making adjustments and helping the man who played beside him."

Gene Chizik hopes that John Sullen proves to be a big addition to the Auburn football program.

Sullen recently graduated with honors from Auburn High School and will be enrolling for college classes later this month. "We report on June 21 and then we go through like academic training and then we go through Camp War Eagle and then we start classes," he says.

Commenting on his goal as a freshman, Sullen says, "I want to get in and play early, be able to contribute and be able to help the team."

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