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July 24, 2013

Auburn notes: Chad Slade Quote Roundup

BY RYAN BLACK | rblack@ledger-enquirer.com

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AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn offensive lineman Chad Slade met with media members on Tuesday at the Auburn Athletic Complex.

The following is a roundup of some of the junior right guard’s quotes:

On summer practice:
“I feel like the team is coming together real well. Everybody is getting good with each other, everybody is getting good with the plays. The freshmen coming in are getting good and acclimated with the plays.”

Chad Slade (62) spoke with reporters on Tuesday and discussed everything from taking on a leadership role to the exercises he has done this summer. Photo By Todd Van Emst

Auburn right guard Chad Slade (62) spoke with reporters on Tuesday and discussed everything from taking on a leadership role to the exercises he has done this summer. Photo By Todd Van Emst

On taking on a leadership role on the line along with center Reese Dismukes:
“We know that we’re the leaders. We know that we’re the older guys of the group, so we have to take on the responsibility of the O-line this year. It’s a role that we’ve taken on for two years now. So we’re getting better and doing pretty good so far with it.”

On what he’s seen out  of the left guard position (Alex Kozan, Devonte Danzey, Jordan Diamond, etc.):
“They’re getting with it. They come in here and do extra stuff, and watch film, and if they need help, they’ll come to me or even Reese can help. He has to know everything with every position. … They’re working hard and there’s going to be a good competition between them”.

On Avery Young:
“Yeah, Avery’s healthy. He’s back to 100 percent. That’s what he told me. He’s feeling good, so I believe he’ll be good for the season.”

On the difference at practice on the offensive line given the experience of having four starters back:
“I can tell it’s a big difference already, because we know what to do from past years. Me and Reese and Greg (Robinson) were around when Coach (Gus) Malzahn was here the first time, and we feel like we still remember everything about it. So having that experience on the O-line playing then, it’s a big help, because whenever they feel like they don’t know what to do, we know what to do, so we can just help them out.”

On true freshman offensive lineman Deon Mix:
“He’s still in the learning process. He comes up to me every day, asking me, ‘Can you stay with me to watch a little extra film? Can you stay with me to go over the playbook some more?’ And I’m glad to do that with him, but he’s going to get a lot better during (fall) camp. I told him, ‘Don’t worry about having to rush and try to learn things. You’re going to learn things during camp. You’re going to learn things from (offensive line) Coach (J.B.) Grimes. You’re going to learn things from me and Reese, so just don’t worry about trying to pressure yourself into learning stuff. Just get good at getting acclimated with the plays.’ Because, we’re going to need him as much as we need anybody else. So he’s looking pretty good so far.”

On whether Mix is more of a guard or a tackle:
“Yeah, he’s more of a guard. We haven’t put him out at tackle during ‘captain’s practices’ yet. We’ve just put him at guard to let him learn one position. Like when I was here my first time, and everybody threw me in the fire, I went from tackle to guard to left guard to right guard to right tackle. But we just want him to learn one spot, and that’s the guard position.”

On whether any QBs have stood out yet in “captain’s practices”:
“I really haven’t seen the quarterbacks, but I believe when I see them do 7-on-7, Nick Marshall and Jeremy Johnson, they stand out to me, just like Kiehl (Frazier) and Jonathan (Wallace) do. It seems like you can see Nick throw a pass and be like, ‘Whoa, that’s amazing,’ but you can see Kiehl and Jonathan do the same thing. So all of the quarterbacks stick out to me. It’s going to be a good battle.”

On the things Coach Grimes has asked the offensive linemen to work on during the summer:
“He wants us to do sparring hands and stuff like that to get good with our hands. That’s pretty much like us coming in here and getting extra workouts as a team. Even before ‘captain’s practices,’ we came in here as an O-line and did some plays, did some extra stuff with coaches down there. Sometimes we might come in here and push a sled or do ‘the crawler,’ something to get your hands and get low. Just working on drills to get lower and get your hands low.”

On what exercises he does to simulate sparring:
“They’ll throw the ball to us and you’ll have somebody on the outside throw the ball at each arm and just try to make sure (you) know to ‘wipe his hands on’ or ‘wipe his hands off’ or something like that, in case there’s like a defensive lineman coming, so he can (know) to jab his hands.”

On whether Grimes wants the linemen to be leaner:
“He’s not really looking for us to be lean. He just wants us to move. When I played in this offense the first time, I was 305. Now I’m 310, 315. He just wants you to be able to move with your weight. This offseason, we’ve been running a lot, conditioning with weight. So as long as you’re able to move with your weight and get around with your weight, I think he’s pretty lenient about it.”

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