August 5, 2007

Notebook: D-tackles stepping up

Auburn defensive tackles coach Don Dunn appreciates a player who lays it on the line for every rep at every practice. So far this fall, redshirt freshman Zach Clayton has done that.

Clayton has fought through the heat and the fatigue to make a positive impression on Dunn and a push up the depth chart.

It was especially evident in Sunday's practice with Clayton excelling in several drills including a dominating performance in a pass rush drill.

"(Clayton) had a good day on pass rush," said Dunn. "He took a step forward today. He came out there and got after it, physical. It wasn't great technique, but he was physical as heck."

Clayton also worked with the second-team during team drills, making a case to be part of the playing rotation at one of AU's deepest positions.

Another d-tackle that continued his strong fall camp Sunday was junior Pat Sims who appears to be solidifying his first-team role.

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