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Newcomer DaVonte Lambert off to fast start at Auburn
Sept. 30, 2014

DaVonte Lambert has made a move the last few weeks at Auburn

By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala.  Junior college transfer DaVonte Lambert had to adjust to things his first week of Auburn football practice.
"When you first come in, it's a grind. You have to get adjusted to everything. That second week kind of opened my eyes and made me realize it's not that hard."
Lambert adjusted. He moved into a starting spot at defensive end the third game of the season, and played there in the fourth game last week, too. He'll be there, or certainly in the rotation, for the fifth game when No. 5 Auburn meets No. 15 LSU at 6 p.m. Saturday in Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Lambert has impressed, enough to be a starter on a deep and familiar defensive line. Defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson said Lambert "has really been a lot better" the last two games.
"He had some production before, but I think his consistency is starting to come about," Johnson said. " lot of things that you don’t see that we see on film, even when he’s not making a big play, his alignment and his technique and his separation of off blocks and holding point on the run game, all those things have gotten a lot better. I think he had one of those big pass bat downs the other day at a very critical time. 
"He got to start this last game and he’s playing at a really good level right now."
The change was noticeable even before his second start last Saturday.
"He's getting more and more comfortable," coach Gus Malzahn said last week. "Each game he’s coming off, he’s making plays. He's able to start playing and reacting and not have to think so much. You see him get more and more comfortable each game."
Starting beside Lambert the last two games is another junior college transfer, tackle Ben Bradley. He's no Auburn rookie like Lambert. He started three games last year. It's Lambert who has been learning on the fly following a big junior college season at Georgia Military where some scouting services rated him the No. 1 defensive line prospect in junior college.DaVonte Lambert making impression in Auburn's defensive line
"Each week, I'm feeling really comfortable knowing the plays. It didn't take me long to find out what I'm doing on each play, so I studied the playbook and jumped right in," Lambert said.
Lambert has four tackles, including a half-sack in last Saturday's win over Louisiana Tech. The stakes will be higher Saturday.
"I'm very excited and I know that I've got to watch the film and know exactly what I'm doing each play," he said. "So I feel real good about going in and starting against LSU. I'm just preparing.
"The older guys told us ty to make sure we get in the film room and study because it's a different opponent. We have to make sure we watch film and know what we're doing."

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