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Auburn players say they're ahead of the game in preseason
Aug. 7, 2014

Peyton Barber was on the go in Auburn's midweek scrimmage

By Charles Goldberg

AUBURN, Ala.  Though devoted to young players, Auburn's first two-a-day of the preseason went well enough Wednesday, first in a morning scrimmage, then in an afternoon session devoted to specialized situations. 

Auburn returns to the practice field Thursday afternoon and, as we wait, we'll play a little catch up with what the players have been saying in the first week of preseason camp: 

Peyton Barber, running back
On first scrimmage: "I was able to learn a lot of things that I didn't know coming in, so I think it went pretty well." 

On his game: "I feel like I'm very versatile. I feel like I can do it all. I can catch, I can run, block  pretty much anything you need me to do, I can do." 

Montravius Adams, defensive lineman
On practice: "Actually, camp is just fun. We’re back in pads now. We’re getting back into football because that’s what we’re here for. That’s what we love to do." 

On his game: "I know I improved a whole lot from last year to this year. I feel like I’m doing a lot better. I’ve still got to get better with techniques and hands and everything." 

Angelo Blackson, defensive lineman 
On practice: "Practice is great. We're getting after it every day. Guys are getting better. We've got the young guys. We're bringing them along. It's going great." 

On his game: "I'm trying to do what's best for the team, finding a way to drop a couple of pounds and I'm just going to be able to come off the ball and rush the passer as opposed to stopping the run. I've already
established my game as that. I just want to take my game to the next level." 

Ben Bradley, defensive lineman
On practice: "We have started way ahead of where we were last year. I think it's going smoother than last year because we've got so many guys now. But it's been good so far."

On his game: "I did well to a certain extent (last season), but I'm looking for this year to be my breakout year. I did good last year, but it still wasn't good enough for me." 

Avery Young, offensive lineman
On practice: "It's great. It's amazing how different things are compared to how it was last year at this time. We were confused. It took us like a week and a half to get two or three plays in just because it was fast-paced and everything with being able to read all that. Going through all the games and situations we went through makes it way easier." 

On his game (moving from tackle to guard): "It doesn't change too much. Don't get me wrong, it makes a big difference when you can just pass block instead of running every play, but it doesn't make that big of a difference." 

Corey Grant, running back
On practice (in Year Two with QB Nick Marshall and Jeremy Johnson): "Nick seems more comfortable, he’s making calls that he didn’t make last year or that he was having trouble with. I feel more comfortable with both of them this year because they just seem to be more focused and know more of the offense."

On his game: "It’s a lot better. After being in Coach’s system for a year, I feel totally different than last year. Last year my head was spinning, but with this camp coming around, things are much slower and now I can just sit back and play ball."

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