Spring Notebook, Day 12: Race goes on at offensive tackle

April 12, 2014


Shon Coleman (left) takes on defensive lineman Gabe Wright (Lauren Barnard photo)

AUBURN, Ala. - As Auburn heads toward the final week of spring practice, it's still not decided who will start at offensive tackle. And it won't be decided until August.

With All-America left tackle Greg Robinson awaiting an early call in the NFL draft, sophomore Shon Coleman and junior Pat Miller are competing to take his place. Miller has also worked at right tackle, where Avery Young is the returning starter. Young has worked at right guard, where Chad Slade is the returning starter.

Defensive end Carl Lawson says all of Auburn's offensive tackles have what it takes to succeed.

"I feel like all of them are good tackles and any one of them could start," Lawson said after Saturday's practice. "I'm just happy I get to work against them."
- Phillip Marshall

Garrett impresses Malzahn again

Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn said Saturday he's seen the same things from Justin Garrett at the star position this spring that he saw last spring. And those are good things. Garrett was plagued by injuries last season and ended up taking a medical redshirt after playing in two games.

"I think he's improved," Malzahn said. "It's kind of the same thing we saw last spring. He has a nose for the football. He'll really finish. He's a physical guy. The big thing is keep him healthy."
--Phillip Marshall

Kozan says Coleman can get job done

Sophomore left guard Alex Kozan says sophomore Shon Coleman is different from departed All-American Greg Robinson at left tackle but equally effective.

"They are different type players," Kozan said. "Greg is heavier and is a little stronger, but Shon is so much longer and has leverage. He has some length that Greg didn't have. They are kind of different players, but they can get similar results in the run game."
--Phillip Marshall

The final week of spring practice is at hand. Saturday's A-Day game will be the final practice of the spring. Last season, Auburn coaches saved one of their 15 practices until after the spring game.

"We spread spring out a little bit longer this year," Malzahn said. "We've had plenty of time, so we're not in that dire need for a practice (after A-Day) like we felt we were last year."
--Phillip Marshall