Golson taking versatility to a new level

Bryan Matthews, Senior Editor
Auburn Sports

AUBURN | In six games Austin Golson has played six positions.

The Auburn senior has shown his versatility by playing all five positions on the offensive line this fall along with blocking tight end.

“He’s a versatile dude,” senior offensive lineman Darius James said. “He’s probably our best offensive lineman, either him or Braden (Smith). He’s played a lot of football in his days and his college career. He’s played a lot of spots and he’s done a lot of different things.

“I feel like he can be plugged in wherever he needs to be plugged in and wherever coach needs him.”


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Golson began the season as Auburn’s starting center but moved to right tackle after James was injured against Mercer in week three. Golson has started the last two games at left tackle but was forced to move to left guard when Mike Horton injured his ankle in the third quarter of Saturday’s 44-23 win over Ole Miss.

Golson has also worked at right guard and as an extra blocking tight end when Auburn is in an unbalanced line.

“I think it's good that Coach has some options that I am able to play all (six) at a decent level, anyway, and go out and be able to execute,” Golson said. “It helps when people get nicked up and bruised, especially in the SEC in the middle of the season. That's going to happen. So that's helpful.”

If Horton is healthy enough to go this week at LSU, Golson will be back at left tackle. If not, Golson is expected to start at left guard with Prince Tega Wanogho at left tackle. Wanogho has started four games at left tackle and came into the Ole Miss game after Horton’s injury.

“It's very important that we can continue to get better. We still have a lot of room to improve,” Golson said. “You can watch the tape and see there are plenty of areas we can be better at. We just need to find a way to get better. We know the guys that we have in the room and the guys are going to be playing on Saturdays and backups or whatever. We have trust in all of our guys, 100 percent.”

No. 10 Auburn takes on LSU at Tiger Stadium Saturday at 2:30 p.m. CT on CBS.

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