Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Auburn Tigers football recruiting notebook with Auburn recruiting beat writer Benjamin Wolk. It’s Monday and SEC Country talks with Christian Tutt about his Peach Bowl practice experience.
Early enrollee corner calls bowl practice an ‘eye-opener’
Christian Tutt is known for his speed.
The 4-star cornerback flashes lightning-fast quickness as a defensive back and punt returner. In high school, he flashed that speed as a wide receiver, as well. Tutt expects that speed to translate well to early collegiate playing time.
But even Tutt marveled at the speed of the college game, which he received a small dose of during Auburn’s Peach Bowl practices.
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“Bowl practice was turnt. We all got better. Monday and Tuesday was really fast-paced. The speed gets you. But it was really just more of an acclimation period. We weren’t hitting much. Me and Smoke [Quindarious Monday] just went out there and did our thing, went through the drills, were learning the plays,” Tutt said at the U.S. Army Bowl. “It was an eye-opener, especially the receivers. They’re really, really fast, ain’t going to lie to you.”
As Tutt said, most of his role was acclimation-based.
But he matched up a few times with Auburn’s receivers, mostly the freshmen or sophomores. There was one wide receiver, in particular, who caught Tutt’s eye — and exemplifies the epitome of speed among college wide receivers.
“Noah [Igbinoghene], man,” Tutt sad. “We only went up against some of the young guys, but Noah, that boy is stupid fast. Straight up. That was an eye-opener.”
Carlton Davis’ NFL departure has immediate meaning for Tutt.
For starters, he’s going to be called upon to fight for the starting job. That’s a big reason why the Tigers’ defensive coaches wanted Tutt and safety Quindarious Monday on campus some during bowl practices, so they could get acquainted. It also affects Tutt’s number selection. He’ll take on Davis’ No. 6 reputation and try to keep that killer corner mentality on the defense.
“I’ve got to be more physical. I’m physical some already, but I want to be that Carlton physical where you throw a receiver out of bounds. I’ve got to get faster, get stronger,” Tutt said. “Both of us, me and Smoke, [defensive backs] coach [Greg] Brown pulled us to the side and told us our future looked mighty bright. We came in early at a great time. He said we were looking good, learned some more of the concepts. He said we should be ready before spring ball to make pushes for the starting job.”
Tutt moved into his dorm in Auburn on Sunday night. He’ll room with Monday during the spring, but he plans to live with Anthony Schwartz once the newest wide receiver commit enrolls in the summer.
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