Versatile Big Man Talks About His Decision

This local footbal star tells his reasons for choosing the Tigers.

Opelika, Ala.--Not many 6-3, 265-pound football players can be considered two-way players, but that is exactly the case with Tez Doolittle.

A fullback and also a defensive lineman, the three-year starter for Coach Spence McCracken announced on Monday that he wants to be an Auburn Tiger. Choosing Coach Tommy Tuberville's program over Georgia, Miami, Tennessee and others, the versatile big man says in the end he just felt like Auburn was the place for him because he wants to play offense.

"I have a lot of old teammates down there already so I pretty much fit in already," Doolittle said following his announcement. "They will give me a chance to start at fullback. They only have one fullback. When I sign the papers I will be the second-string fullback already.

"I just like fullback better. I played fullback this year. I haven't played much defense and I didn't feel right as a defensive lineman."

Although former teammates Lemarcus Rowell, T.J. Jackson and Will Herring are all scheduled to receive plenty of playing time next season and are all good friends, Doolittle said that he really considered going to Georgia as late as last week and they led for his services at one time.

"I was thinking Georgia real hard," Doolittle noted. "I just had more opportunity down at Auburn."

Tez Doolittle

A player with 4.7 speed in the 40-yard dash despite weighing 265 pounds, Doolittle rushed for more than 1,000 yards and 25 touchdowns in his last two seasons. His senior season was particularly impressive as he totaled over 800 yards and 16 touchdowns as the full-time fullback in Opelika's offense. He was a part-time defensive player as a senior, but excelled playing next to Jackson as a junior when he had 86 tackles and six sacks as a defensive end. McCracken says Doolittle is a special player and Auburn fans are going to enjoy watching him for the next four or five years.

"I just wanted to make sure I was around long enough to see a 265-pound fullback play," McCracken said. Speaking to Tez in front of the audience of around 50 Opelika supporters, McCracken told the senior how much he meant to him. "Tez, you enlightened us. I loved being with you every minute and watching you play every ball game. We're going to miss you and good luck."

In addition to his football abilities, Doolittle is also an accomplished track and field athlete. He finished fourth in the state in Class 6A in the shot put with a throw of 51 feet, 10 inches. He also has a personal best throw of 163 feet 10 inches in the discus. He is on track to qualify and has already received a passing test score.


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