Auburn Tigers football team will have a change of position this offseason for the defensive end Prince Tega Wanogho. Many football fans may have not anticipated such a move, as the redshirt freshman has decided to switch positions to offensive line. College football predictions indicate that this shift of positions will take effect after completing his spring practice and he will start focusing his energies as an offensive tackle when Auburn open camp next month in fall.
According to Gus Malzahn, the head coach of Auburn, Prince is a player that everyone eels can do better in the offensive line. He praised Prince on Monday during SEC Media Days in Hoover saying that even though he has been playing tremendously at defensive line, they feel he can make a huge impact with the proper depth by developing him at offensive tackle. Malzahn added that Price has already developed a positive attitude toward the unexpected change, and working with him to improve his prowess in the offensive line, along with coach Herb Hand.
As soon as Wanogho left Edgewood Academy last year, he signed with Auburn and spent his entire freshman year at defensive end. Surprisingly, Prince came to Auburn as a progressive prospect, and a player who was relatively green to football. He still needed ample time to develop himself well and learn the ins and outs of playing perfectly at the Southeastern Conference level, especially along the defensive line.
Prince only had one-year experience of playing football after arriving in Auburn, with all the experience gained while playing at Edgewood for his senior season. It was in 2015 when Wanogho redshirted to allow him advance his development and understanding of football. Wanogho has already added 32 pounds from the time he arrived in Auburn, increasing his weight from 282 from 250 this summer.
Even his teammates have praised him for his prowess, with Devaroe Lawrence, the senior defensive tackle saying Prince is strong as an ox and runs like a gazelle. The defensive end Carl Lawson also noted that Wanogho is a raw player because he struggled to make a mark in the defensive line rotation during spring trainings.
Since Wanogho has already made good progress in the defensive end position in Auburn, his role in the offensive end give him a perfect opportunity to show his strength, speed, and athleticism in the new position. According to Malzahn, Prince possesses a respectable attitude, making him a fast learner who is easily coachable. His coach also added that his athleticism separates him from the rest of his teammates.
At the moment, college football fans are eager to see what he has to offer at offensive tackle this season, even though he already has his duties outlined for him in his new position. As he goes into fall camp, Auburn already have their tackle well established. Robert Leff and Austin Golson are ready to start at right tackle and left tackle respectively. Tyler Car and Darius James are positioned behind them at right tackle and left tackle respectively. Malzahn admits that even though it may be a challenge in the first few games, working with Prince will bear fruit if he plays when ready.