AUBURN, Ala. — Shortly after Auburn reconvened for fall camp, the Tigers' 20 seniors called a meeting to discuss the offseason issues surrounding quarterback Nick Marshall and corner Jonathon Mincy, who both had incidents involving marijuana.
At the meeting, the upperclassmen stressed the need to set a standard for the whole team.
"The seniors need to be an example for the younger guys, so it won't be a recurring thing," said C.J. Uzomah, a senior tight end. "We kind of nipped it in the bud by saying it's not going to happen again. We're going to focus on the season. We just need to focus on football. That's where our heads have been. That whole thing is behind us."
The other point emphasized in the meeting, Uzomah said, was the need to avoid any distractions. When there is no one on campus, he acknowledged it's easy to "get bored and want to do stuff. Uzomah said the way to keep any further distractions from arising is to hold everyone accountable.
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Not that he'll ever put himself into any risky situations, though.
Even with an 11 p.m. curfew, Uzomah said he's in his room long before then.
"The camp grind is entirely too toiling on someone’s body," he said. "We've kind of said that no one is going to get into any trouble. Even on our off days we’re going to hang out with each other. We’re going to play FIFA (video games) as much as possible and just hang out and relax and not get into any trouble."