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'It feels different': Auburn likes atmosphere this spring
March 11, 2016

Austin Golson feels good about Auburn's spring
Austin Golson says Auburn's spring is going well

By Charles Goldberg
AuburnTigers.com

AUBURN, Ala. ― Auburn is heading off to spring break feeling pretty good about the attitude and atmosphere surrounding the first phase of spring football practice.

"Honestly, it feels different," says center Austin Golson. "It feels like back when I was in high school, the year that we won the state championship with the energy. People flying around and having confidence in what we're doing.

"I've really enjoyed practice. I don't think anybody is dreading practice. Last year, I remember that we had some guys: 'Man, I can't wait until spring break.' Today, we were like: 'Man, I can't wait to get out there and practice and then we can worry about spring break.' I think that means a lot. I really like where we are."

He isn't alone. Fullback Chandler Cox says "there is definitely a different feeling out there. It's a good feeling. When something changes in the air, you feel it."

That's from the offense. It's apparently the same on defense.

"A lot more energy and a lot more leadership," said defensive end Carl Lawson.

Gus Malzahn talked up his quarterbacks, too.

Golson, Lawson and the rest of the Tigers practiced Thursday and then headed off for an 11-day spring break. They'll come back for more intense practices after spending these first five days of spring work laying the foundation, as coach Gus Malzahn put it, for the weeks ahead.

Golson started most of the games at center last year after playing guard at Ole Miss in 2013. The competition for the starting assignment again will be between Golson and Xavier Dampeer in an offense that will have at least three new starting lineman after the departure of fixtures Shon Coleman and Avery Young, new starting receivers and perhaps a new quarterback.

Golson also has a new position coach in Herb Hand. Still, Golson said he feels more comfortable at center this year.

"I wouldn't say 'easier,' but I'm starting to get the feel at center. I do have a year under my belt," he said. "I've got some experience; this will be my third year playing in the SEC. I feel really good with where I'm at. I've got to keep getting better. I've got to keep being versatile and keep pushing to improve each and every day."

Golson said Hand "brings something new to the table. He's very energetic. He's funny, he's a hard worker. You can tell that he loves his job and I really appreciate that. I don't want anybody coaching me who doesn't love their job."

Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter:
 

 

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