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Gabe Wright says Auburn has him ready for Senior Bowl
Jan. 21, 2015

Auburn's Gabe Wright wants to make an impression at the Senior Bowl

By Charles Goldberg

MOBILE, Ala.  Gabe Wright says he was ready for his first practice with pro coaches at the Senior Bowl on Tuesday thanks to his football days at Auburn, where he says defensive line coach Rodney Garner taught him well.

"I know the tone my position coach held on me for the two years I was with him. He did a great job of preparing me for this," said Wright, one of six Auburn players preparing for Saturday's game.

Wright played a little defensive end, and his usual positon at defensive tackle in 2014 at Auburn. He's a defensive tackle at the Senior Bowl looking to prove himself.

"I'm absolutely hungry. I know there are some question marks raised, and that's what this week is for: To erase all of them," Wright said.

"I think it's going to be a good week."

Wright knows the importance of a good week. Last year, former Auburn defensive lineman Dee Ford used the Senior Bowl to jump up on the draft charts. He was a first-round selection. 

ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. said Wednesday that Wright could be a third or fourth-round pick, but has shown potential to be a second-round selection.

Wright's South team is being coached by the Jacksonville Jaguars' coaching staff. Wright says he likes the Jaguars' defensive setup, and their style.

"The D-line coach for the Jaguars emphasizes his guys don't get tired, and I'm used to that nonstop," Wright said. At Auburn, he said, "we come out 15 minutes before practice and we get to work, and we work 15 minutes after practice."

That's Rodney Garner's way.

"I feel like Coach G could coach in the NFL. He has 25-year stature in the SEC, and he definitely knows what he's doing," Wright said. "There's never a day off at practice, and I think the Jaguars' coaches are up to par with the way Coach G runs his practice."

Wright was tied for the third-most tackles among Auburn's defensive linemen in 2014 with 24, including 4½ tackles for a loss. He had 86 tackles in his career, including an impressive 20½ for a loss.

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