Auburn, Ala.--Defensive end Alonzo Horton was smiling after Auburn’s second major scrimmage of spring training and why not?
On a day when the defensive ends did a good job of rushing the passers, the redshirt freshman from New Orleans put up impressive numbers. He finished with seven tackles, with 3 1/2 for lost yardage and was credited with 2 1/2 quarterback sacks.
“I would say the scrimmage was probably my best practice since I have been here because the teachers tell me and my coaches tell me what you do in the classroom accumulates to on the field,” he says. “At the beginning of spring practice, I got behind in my classes and that was taking away my focus a whole lot.
For Alonzo Horton, bigger has been better this spring.
“I have caught up in school and am doing good in my classes,” the freshman notes. “I am making an A in this class and an A in that class and I am feeling good because I didn’t have any other stresses worrying me. I am able to come out here and just play ball and be the monster they recruited me to be.”
Horton, at 6-2, 246 pounds, has gained right at 30 pounds so far during his freshman year on campus. He admits he was a little concerned that could slow him down, but says that hasn’t happened.
“Every one of our defensive ends are a prototypical 3-4 defensive end/outside linebacker type that the league (National Football League) is looking for,” he says. “We are all in the range of 250 to 255. Even some are 260. I don’t think we have a defensive end who isn’t going to be able to run a 4.5 (40) or below at some time. We are fast, we are big and we are going to get after it.
“I feel like I have taken a tenth of a second off my 40-time,” Horton adds. “I thought the extra weight was going to slow me down, but it has actually helped me speed up a whole lot. In the games it will help me a whole lot. It gives me a little more ability to deal with this big linemen I will be facing in the SEC.”
Defensive coordinator Will Muschamp says that Horton has potential. “Alonzo is a good athlete,” Muschamp notes. “Alonzo is a kid who just needs to continue to learn what to do and how to do it and he is going to be just fine.
“He is a guy who has a little bit of a motor and he has some good juice on the edge,” Muschamp adds. “He is a guy who just needs to continue to come for us.”
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