AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn football doesn’t plan on limiting T.D. Moultry to just one role early in his Tigers career.
Moultry, who was one of the team’s highest-rated signees in the 2017 class, will participate in his official practice Monday when fall camp begins. Although Moultry is listed as a linebacker, Auburn will most likely try him out at Buck defensive end with fellow freshman Markaviest “Big Cat” Bryant.
“I think [Auburn defensive line coach Rodney Garner] will probably move him around a little bit,” Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said at SEC Media Days. “Of course, Big Cat’s got a chance, too. You’re talking about two guys rushing the passer. They’ll have a good plan for those guys, to put them in situations to try to simplify things, to help them get on the field early and let them play.”
The nation’s composite No. 3 inside linebacker — and a 5-star in 247Sports’ own rankings — will start at outside linebacker, according to Auburn linebackers coach Travis Williams.
But Williams said this spring the Tigers want to use him in one key area — pass rush. Auburn lost its top two players in sacks from last season in Carl Lawson and Montravius Adams.
“He’ll be with me,” Williams said. “He’ll be a designated pass rusher, as well. We’re going to figure the things he can do, but he can do a lot of good things. We’ve got to put him in the right spots and see what he can do. We’re looking at him as a Money [strongside] backer and designated pass rusher.”
Moultry told SEC Country earlier this year he would like to play both positions at Auburn, but he already has his sights set on one as a long-term role.
“I want to do both,” Moultry said. “I’ll say Buck is where my future will be. I just think if you put me there right now, I need to work on my hands and stopping the run. I think I’ll be a true Buck then. For now, I’ll be a Money/Buck, not a Buck/Money.”
Malzahn said earlier this summer Moultry and Bryant both had chances to make an immediate impact in the pass rush as true freshmen.
Garner wants a deep group on the defensive front for 2017, and Moultry has a month of fall camp to break into the rotation.
“If you look at Coach Garner’s history, he likes to play a lot of different people, and that’s really helped us,” Malzahn said.