August 18, 2009

Freshman RB learning the ropes

For Dontae Aycock, getting to school meant it was time to learn.

Not only did Aycock have to learn a new offensive system, the Auburn coaching staff charged him with the task of learning a new position.

Aycock, a true freshman tailback, is accustomed to carrying the ball. In high school, though, he got his touches directly from center as an option quarterback.

Those were the plans Georgia Tech wanted him to follow when he committed to play for the Yellow Jackets. Late in the process, Aycock decided to hear out running backs coach Curtis Luper and the Auburn staff.

"Throughout my high school career I really didn't start getting noticed until my junior year," Aycock said. "What the deal with Auburn was I was already committed but the new coaching staff had come in and I decided to come talk to them. That's how Auburn came in the deal - with the new coaching staff and they watched my tape."

Luper liked what he saw on tape. Subsequently, he invited Aycock for an official visit.

The running backs coach likes what he has seen so far from his newest player.

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