Tuberville: Two Tigers to Watch

Lee Isom works on his blocking skills.

Auburn head football coach Tommy Tuberville talks about two Tigers who performed well this spring.

Auburn, Ala.--A pair of offensive players who had strong springs have a chance to play larger roles for the 2008 Auburn football team.

Head coach Tommy Tuberville says that junior tight end Tommy Trott and redshirt sophomore guard Byron "Lee" Isom are players to watch.

"I think Tommy Trott, and he'll tell you this, has been basically average," Tuberville says. "He didn't have a very good fall last season. He had a lot of drops, things just weren't going his way.

"This offense really fits Tommy Trott," Tuberville says. "I visited with him and we talked about what he needs to do this summer to go to the next level.

"He can be a big-time player for us and he has to be consistent. I think that's the biggest thing with him is consistency and he got better and better as the season went on."

Trott makes a catch in a spring scrimmage.

Auburn fans were pleasantly surprised with the young offensive line that the Tigers had last season. With that group returning, and several older players returning and improving, the offensive front has a chance to be a strong point for the 2008 Tigers.

A player who has seen little game time could also figure into the mix, too. Isom finished spring drills as a first stringer with Chaz Ramsey, a returning starter at guard, sidelined with a back problem that required minor surgery earlier this month. Ramsey is scheduled to return to practice in preseason, but in his absence Isom got a chance to show the coaches what he could do, Tuberville points out.

"Lee Isom is the guy we all thought he was," Tuberville says. "It takes a while for offensive linemen and Chaz Ramsey (being out, that allowed him to step up. He is going to be hard to beat out. He's a guy that gives you a lot of punch, he's strong and I think this offense really fits him."

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