AUBURN, Ala. — If for no other reason than where he plays, Shon Coleman will have to get used to hearing Greg Robinson's name constantly.
It's a tall order replacing the No. 2 overall pick in the NFL draft, after all. But Coleman stands as good a chance as anyone at replicating Robinson's production. The coaching staff — particularly his position coach, J.B. Grimes — raves about him at every turn. And the credentials are there, too, as Coleman was once one of the top-ranked players in the nation coming out of high school.
Then toss in the fact he and and Robinson share similar statures — Coleman has an inch on his predecessor (6-foot-6 versus 6-foot-5) but gives up 22 pounds (310 versus 332) — and the comparisons are inevitable.
Coleman couldn't care less.
"I really don't even worry about that," he said following Tuesday's practice. "I learned a lot playing behind him. I learned so much. It really helped me. He gave me a lot of advice that really helped me over the summer, working on things I needed to work on. When he was here, we helped each other out, so I feel like it's great."
The two haven't conversed recently, with Coleman noting he's well-aware how much Robinson "has been working" since he arrived in St. Louis.
Besides, Coleman had his own things to take care over the summer, anyway.
"It was a totally different summer," he said. "I had a mind-set of just going out there, get better, get stronger, faster and bigger every day. Going hard in the weight room really helped a lot."
Now, thanks to the year he and the rest of the offensive line had to familiarize himself with the Tigers' blocking scheme, Coleman believes Auburn is primed for another successful season.
"I think the chemistry is a lot better than it was last year. We're not new to the offense anymore," he said. "We're actually engaged in what's going on with Coach Malzahn's offense, so I think we're a step ahead of where we were last year as far as awareness and things like that.