July 18, 2013
By Charles Goldberg
HOOVER, Ala. — Coaches can't go. The pubic isn't invited. The media doesn't have access. But veteran Auburn players gave a peek at how some of the newcomers have been doing during their players-only practices this summer.
Three new 5-star defensive linemen have impressed and there's an assessment of a new quarterback from the likes of veterans defensive end Dee Ford, cornerback Chris Davis and fullback Jay Prosch made during Auburn's stop at SEC Media Days on Wednesday.
Ford said defensive end Carl Lawson, Montravius Adams and Elijah Daniel have made a move.
"I think they can make a big impact. Now, it's time to make fall camp a breeze for them," Ford said. Auburn begins fall practice Aug. 2. But the players already working.
Lawson is one of those who is moving fast.
"He's ready to go," said Prosch said. "He can definitely play this year we need him to.
"He's got everything it takes to play right now."
Ford said Lawson "can move. I'm looking forward to seeing him be successful. Usually on defense you have to make physical changes before you can play. This guy is ready to play. It's all about how quick he can make the transition to play at this level."
Ford said Daniel is "more mature of the three. He's definitely surprised."
Ford said Adams is "definitely a physical specimen, everything you want."
They could mix in with an otherwise veteran defensive line.
Coach Gus Malzahn opened Auburn's day by saying it's a four-man race to win the starting quarterback job. Prosch said newcomer Nick Marshall "has calmness about him. And? "He's very fast."
Nobody was predicting how the quarterback race would turn out, however.
"I think it will be a good competition to see who'll win the quarterback job," Davis said.
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine