November 23, 2008

McKenzie making the right moves

Gabe McKenzie has changed positions twice this season. Both moves have turned out positive for him and Auburn.

The junior moved from tight end to defensive end just a couple of weeks before the season opener tallying 11 tackles, 2.5 tackles-for-loss and returning an interception 24 yards for a touchdown against LSU.

He was back at tight end for the Georgia game, catching two passes for 27 yards.

"At the beginning of the season, because of the spread and all, the best way for me to help the team, because we were short on d-ends, was to go to the other side of the ball," McKenzie said. "With everybody coming back and getting healthy and Zach Clayton becoming big and now that Trott's gotten hurt, I'm on the other side of the ball.

"It's the best way I can help the team."

McKenzie moved back to tight end the Sunday before the Georgia game. He ended up playing a lot more snaps than expected after starter Tommy Trott was sidelined with a knee injury.

With Trott undergoing ACL surgery last week, McKenzie is set to start at tight end in the Iron Bowl this Saturday.

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