Freshman Says He Is Making Progress

Running back Onterio McCalebb comments on Auburn's first preseason football scrimmage.

Auburn, Ala.--Onterio McCalebb made a lot of big plays in the spring and he picked up where he left off with a touchdown run in Auburn's first preseason scrimmage on Tuesday evening.

"I think it went very well on offense," the freshman tailback says. "We came out there and we had to hand it to the defense. I think we came out physical and the offense won the battle."

McCalebb had the second longest run of the scrimmage behind a 34-yard reverse by fellow freshman Anthony Gulley, a wide receiver.

"I had a little 30-yard touchdown run," the tailback says. "It was a sweep, but there was a hole inside the tackle so I had to cut it back real fast and take it inside the tackle because that is where the hole was."

The tailback arrived at Auburn in January and went through winter workouts and spring practice after playing last fall at prep school for Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia.

"I think everything is going well now," he says. "I have learned the offense and it is going smooth."

Commenting on the scrimmage, he says the offense had an "excellent day" running the ball.

As the Tigers prepare for their season opener on Sept. 5th, McCalebb says, "I have got my plays down. The main thing I am working on is my protection assignments and stuff like that."

One of the big questions for the 2009 team is who will be the starting quarterback. McCalebb says based on what he has seen the coaches are going to have a tough time making a choice. "All of them have been playing real well and I think they all stood out in the scrimmage."

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