August 2, 2006

Expanding role in offense for Auburn tight ends

With senior Cole Bennett and two talented redshirt freshmen stepping into the mix, Auburn's tight end position appears to be in good hands heading into the start of fall practice.

In fact, tight ends coach Steve Ensminger and offensive coordinator Al Borges may find some unique ways to use Bennett along with Gabe McKenzie and Tommy Trott in the offense.

"I think we will use our two tight end sets a little bit more and I think they're athletic enough that we can split them out," said Ensminger. "With the ability of Tommy and Gabe to run, we can get them out of the backfield as a lead blocker, use them in motion, make them a wide receiver or inside receiver.

"All three of the tight ends we have here right now can play the tight end position and all three of them know the second tight end position. Now we're asking them to do a little bit more and learn a wide receiver position and a fullback position."

It starts with the 261-pound Bennett who was recently named first-team preseason All-SEC by the league coaches.

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