Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Tubs' Takes on signees

What Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville had to say about Auburn's 28 football signees, from Auburn athletics media relations:

Quoting Auburn Head Coach Tommy Tuberville
Auburn 2008 Signees

Darvin Adams
“Darvin Adams is an excellent outside receiver. He’s got height and speed and should be very good in this offense.”

Harry Adams
“Harry is probably the most versatile athlete that we signed. He could be a kick returner, punt returner, could also play receiver and also play some defensive back. He has outstanding speed as evident by the fact that he’s run a 10.3 100 meters.”

Ken Adams
“Ken is a big kid that can run. He’s very athletic for someone his size and he has great hands.”

Dashaun Barnes
“Dashaun comes from the tradition-rich Tallahassee Lincoln program. He’s got great quickness and speed and is very strong. He will play outside linebacker but could possibly grow up to an inside linebacker.”

T’Sharvan Bell
“T’Sharvan played quarterback in high school, and is one of thebest players in the state of Florida. He will play cornerback and is a player that reminds me a lot of Carlos Rogers.”

Drew Cole
“Drew Cole comes from an athletic family, as his brother played at LSU. Drew is an all-around athlete who could play safety or cornerback.”

Dax Dellenbach
“Dax comes from a family that has been in football a long time. His dad, Jeff, played in the NFL for many years. The only thing Dax will do for us is be a long snapper, and he’s one of the best I’ve ever seen in high school. He’s very fundamentally sound, and you can tell his father’s brought him along and done a great job with him.”

DeRon Furr
“DeRon led his team to a state championship as quarterback for Carver. He has an opportunity to be a great quarterback in the spread offense. He’s big and strong and can run and throw.”

Raven Gray
“Raven is a junior college transfer that we signed two years ago. He was the top junior college player in the country and at 6-5, 263-pounds, he’ll be a big asset to our defensive line.”

Cameron Henderson
“Cameron is a tall, rangy defensive lineman, who will play defensive end. He has a great first step and is an excellent pass rusher.”

D’Antoine Hood
“D’Antoine is the cousin of former Auburn standout Roderick Hood. He is fast, quick, and very good in man coverage as a corner. He will play nickel and dime for us while he learns the position.”

Reggie Hunt
"Reggie is one of the quickest running backs that we saw on film during the year. He has excellent football skills and can really catch and run with the football.”

Marcus Jemison
“Marcus is a defensive back that plays safety and has very good range. He has a knack for being around the football. His high school coach says he’s one of the hardest hitters he’s ever seen.”

Jermaine Johnson
“Jermaine is probably one of the better offensive linemen that we’ve signed in the long line of guys we’ve signed on the offensive line. He comes from a very good high school system at St.Thomas Aquinas and will have an excellent opportunity to start his first year.”

Neiko Lipscomb
“Neiko is a tall, rangy defensive back that can play cornerback or safety, and has lots of speed.”

Derrick Lykes
“Derrick is a big, strong defensive lineman that will have a chance to play end or tackle. He’s very athletic and he kind of reminds me of former Auburn offensive lineman Ben Grubbs.”

Onterio McCalebb
“Onterio is extremely quick and fast. He is one of the better athletes that I saw on film during the 2007 season.”

Phillip Pierre-Louis
“Phillip will be an outside receiver in the spread offense. He isvery good at carrying the football from the backfield position and also has great hands.”

Spencer Pybus
“Spencer has the potential to be a very good player at Auburn. He has a great work ethic, outstanding strength and speed and will fit inwell with our linebacker corp.”

Jomarcus Savage
“Jomarcus is one of the top defensive linemen in the south, who will end up being a 300-pounder that has great quickness.”

Eric Smith
“Eric is very similar to former Tiger running back Rudi Johnson. He’s a real quick type of running back that runs very well both inside and outside.”

Vance Smith
“Vance comes from an Auburn family and loves Auburn. His dad is the defensive coordinator at his high school, so he has very good football knowledge. He has a great opportunity to be an outstanding tight end in this offense.”

Freddie Smooth
“Freddie is 6-5, 305 pounds, but runs like a 215-pounder. He has alot of speed, quickness and determination.”

Christian Thompson
“Christian is a safety that played on a state championship team at St. Thomas Aquinas. He was the leader of their defense and their offense. He’s very athletic, and a very skilled football player.”

Chris Todd
“Chris has run the spread offense all of his life and understands it. He has a great arm and I’m looking forward to having him.”

Barrett Trotter
“Barrett is probably the best quarterback that we saw running the spread offense consistently. He can throw or run and has the opportunity to continue running the spread offense and we’re excited about it.”

Andre Wadley
“Andre is the top defensive lineman in the state of Mississippi, who reminds us of a little bit bigger Quentin Groves. He’ll play that position – linebacker/defensive end. He’s a very athletic player.”

Derek Winter
“Derek caught over 150 passes combined his junior and senior year with 40-plus touchdowns. He’s very productive with great hands. He’ll play both inside and outside receiver and we’re excited to have him, plus he’s a 4.0 student.”

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