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Gimel President's patience rewarded in Auburn's D-line
Oct. 17, 2014


Gimel President has stood tall with two starts in Auburn's defensive line

By Charles Goldberg

AUBURN, Ala.   Mom knew best when it came to Gimel President's playing career at Auburn.

"My mom always told me just to wait patiently and something good was going to happen. I just waited patiently and tried to work hard."

Meet Gimel President, who was redshirted in 2012, who played in  three games in 2013, but has found himself in the starting lineup the last two games at defensive end.

He says he's made it with an improved pass rush, and that's something defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson has talked about improving across the entire defensive front all year. 

Pass rush? You're in.

President says he's worked on "just trying to get to the edge quicker."

"That’s my biggest factor I need to do is get to the edge and flip my hips more and use my hands. I think that’s my weakest point and what I should work on even more."

The coaches liked the effort. President's first start came against LSU.

“I was pretty nervous. The whole week of practice I was thinking about it," President said.

He did well enough to start the next week, too.

Coach Gus Malzahn said President has "been very consistent."

"He's a very physical young man, he’s really made some really good, physical plays. He’s tough guy, he’s a smart guy, and he’s earned it. From a coaches’ standpoint, that really makes you feel good if you have a guy that's really been consistent and earned his way out there."

It's defensive line coach Rodney Garner who has pushed President so.

"It's pretty tough. He pushes me a lot and that keeps me working harder and harder and being physically stronger and with my mental strength," President said. 

Ellis said before last week's game that President earned the start with solid practices.

"It's almost a reward mechanism because they're all capable of playing, and we're playing a lot of guys. That's our philosophy," Johnson said. "But the ones who get to start are usually the ones who have the best week of practice and coming off a good game."

Next week, it's South Carolina in Jordan-Hare Stadium. This week, this bye week, was devoted to the basics.
"We can work on our weaknesses on defense and also on the defensive line," President said. "Our weakest part is the pass rush, so I think that’s a good thing."
This week's early practices went like this: "We changed a lot of stuff. We’re trying to get to the ball a lot quicker and hustle more. We had a bunch of loafs so we’re trying to hustle more to the ball."

Gimel President, who is playing more than ever, has been ready to pitch in.

"My mom and dad always told me that you’re going to start sooner or later so get prepared," he said.

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