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Igbinoghene a natural at corner

AUBURN | The early reviews for Noah Igbinoghene’s move to cornerback have been very positive.

The Auburn sophomore made the switch from wide receiver at the beginning of spring practice.

“Noah looks very natural. He’s really got off to a good start,” said Auburn coach Gus Malzahn, who is considering using Igbinoghene on both sides of the ball and special teams this fall.

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Igbinoghene working at cornerback this spring. (Wade Rackley/Auburn athletics)

The Tigers return their entire receiving corps from last season and signed four more talented wideouts in the 2018 class. The depth chart is much thinner at cornerback with very little experience behind projected starters Jamel Dean and Javaris Davis.

Dean, for one, thinks the move could benefit Igbinoghene and Auburn’s secondary.

“For him transitioning from receiver to cover, he looks better at corner to me,” Dean said. “It just looks natural for him, like he was on the corner the whole time.”

Igbinoghene, who is also a standout on Auburn’s track team, will face some physical challenges at cornerback, specially in run support. Dean doesn’t think that will be a problem.

“He's a tough guy. He's physical, he's fast, he's everything you could ask for in a corner,” Dean said.

After holding four practices the past week and a half, Auburn is taking this week off for spring break before returning on March 19. The A-Day game is April 7.