Oct. 4, 2013
Auburn's Nosa Eguae is making the move to defensive tackle (Todd Van Emst photo)
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. – Nosa Eguae has started 33 games at defensive end. Saturday, he'll move to the inside and start at defensive tackle, and that's perfectly fine with him.
"I feel comfortable there, and it's natural," Eguae says. "Looking to my future, I feel like this is a move that can really propel me."
Eguae has played in more games, now 43, and started more games, those 33, than any Auburn player. So why the move for the 6-foot-3, 269-pound senior?
"He's a guy that you can count on," Malzahn said. "He's a veteran guy. He's played a lot of snaps. He was one of the few guys from our 2010 championship team that played, so he's an experienced guy."
Eguae see his first official action as an interior defensive lineman against Ole Miss at 6 p.m. Saturday in Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Or will he?
"I've played it quite a bit," Eguae said. "Against Washington State, I played the last couple of series at defensive tackle, and there were a couple of other games when I was there.
"I've been getting a lot of reps there all season, especially at practice. I'm just trying to take advantage of the reps. It's something I've been planning for for a couple of years in different situations. I'm looking forward to Saturday."
Eguae's move highlighted Auburn's new depth chart that was released Wednesday. But it also revealed a willingness to change from the start of the season, from Eguae's move to defensive tackle, to five true freshmen showing up on the two-deep depth chart. Three of those freshmen – Montravius Adams, Elijah Daniel and Carl Lawson – are defensive lineman.
"Those guys have been like sponges. They've been soaking it all in," Eguae said. "They're getting better every day. We're getting better every day. I'm looking forward to Saturday so we can take another step forward."
Eguae has had two weeks to prepare for his move after an off-week that helped the Tigers review the first four games.
"The first couple of days we really focused on ourselves and getting Auburn better. When we put our focus on Ole Miss, we've been clicking," Eguae said.
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: