Brandon Mosley, a 6-6, 295 transfer from Coffeyville Community College in Kansas is working at right tackle along with another juco transfer, 6-6, 321 Roszell Gayden from College of the Sequioas in California.
On Wednesday both players had their first Auburn practices as Coach Gene Chizik's team went through the first of the 15 allowed spring workouts.
"The practice went well and everything is going good for me at Auburn," Mosley says. "I have some learning to do switching positions. When I first got here it was kind of scary going to a different position, learning new techniques and plays and everything, but I am catching on to it."
Last season at Coffeyville, Mosley's primary duties were at tight end and he also played part-time on the defensive line. Offensive tackle is a new position for him, although he notes there is some carryover from being a tight end.
To be more effective at tackle, the junior has been eating a lot and working out extensively. Before he enrolled at Auburn he said that he didn't think adding weight would be a problem. So far that has been the case.
"I came in at 275 and now I?am up to 295 so I have gained it fast," he says, noting that his goal is to get to 310 pounds for the start of the season in September. "I still feel like I can run and move around pretty good."
Mosley notes that he is definitely a work in progress, especially when it comes to pass blocking and the other fine points of playing tackle. He points out that Auburn offensive line coach has had success at previous jobs with converting big tight ends to tackles and Mosley hopes that proves to be his ticket to the NFL.
Brandon Mosley is shown at his first Auburn football practice.
The new Auburn player says that the veteran linemen on the team, a group that includes four returning starters on the offensive front, have been helping him make the conversion from tight end to tackle.
Mosley and Gayden both say that their plans include being the starting right tackle for the Tigers this year, a spot vacated by graduating senior Andrew McCain.
Roszell Gayden should be big competition for Mosley at tackle.
Gayden was considered one of the nation's top junior college offensive line prospects when he signed with the Tigers, but that didn't prevent Mosley from shying away from Auburn, a college he chose over Ole Miss, Florida State and others.
"I knew there was going to be competition coming in, but there is competition everywhere," Mosley says.