Auburn football: Rhett Lashlee 'pleased' with progress of redshirts Deon Mix and Dominic Walker

rblack@ledger-enquirer.comMarch 20, 2014 

In this file photo from last season, Deon Mix (75) takes on Jackson Thomas (60) during fall camp. After redshirting last year, Mix's gains this spring have already impressed offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee.

TODD VAN EMST — Auburn University

AUBURN, Ala.Deon Mix and Dominic Walker were spectators during Auburn’s run to the BCS championship game last season.

But with 2013 behind them, the pair is using this spring to begin to make a case for playing time. Thus far, Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee said both have shown their redshirt year paid off.

The coach said Walker’s progress at receiver has been easy to see.

“I’ve been really pleased with Dominic, the first two days you can tell things are slowing down for him, so this will be a big spring for him,” Lashlee said Thursday after the team’s second spring practice. “Now that things are slowing down and he can get lined up, how does he do? Can he make plays, can he execute?”

Mix is in better shape than last year, with Lashlee noting the Mississippi native has “changed his body.” Since the end of last season, Mix has dropped 12 pounds, going from 310 to 298.

Lashlee couldn’t say enough good things about the former four-star offensive line prospect.

“(He’s) an unbelievable kid. I love that kid,” Lashlee said. “He loves Auburn. He wants to be here. He embraces coaching. He’s a guy that (can play) not only at guard but maybe center. He’s a guy that has the intelligence level and the character to play both those spots, so it’ll be a big spring for him.”

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