July 28, 2014
No. 12: Young
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Avery Young proved his value last season, taking over for Patrick Miller at right tackle in October and playing at a high level from that point forward.
Not bad for a redshirt freshman coming back from shoulder surgery.
The question now is where Young fits best. All 12 appearances of his college career have been made at right tackle, but Young may be even better at guard. He has two great assets -- a remarkably strong lower half and great hip roll. He doesn't reach. He doesn't bend. He's able to lock up with defensive ends and neutralize them for the most part.
Which gets us to his negative: Young isn't particularly quick. It's not that he's slow or anything, but he doesn't have the same kind of lateral acceleration we've seen from Greg Robinson and Shon Coleman.
Young's ability to drive people with his lower half and maintain that strong base fits really well at guard. Auburn has two experienced guards in Chad Slade and Alex Kozan, of course, so perhaps the best thing to do is let Young compete with Miller at right tackle and let the best man win.
However, if Kozan's back doesn't improve or Slade doesn't impress assistant coach J.B. Grimes during fall camp, well, Young could be a perfect solution inside.
No scouting report on Young would be complete without at least a mention of his off-the-field persona. He's unwaveringly positive. He smiles all the time. Unlike many players his age, Young understands and appreciates the opportunities ahead of him. As such, every day is a sunny day in Young's world.
- Jay G. Tate
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