Auburn's Fannin Has Evolving Role

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Auburn tailback Mario Fannin remains the odd man out in the backfield, but he's playing a different role.

Fannin ran for 23 yards on a reverse and 14 yards on an end around while also catching a 27-yard pass against Mississippi, when he mostly
lined up at receiver.

Offensive coordinator Al Borges said at the beginning of the season he planned to use Fannin the way he used Ronnie Brown in 2004. Brown, however, also spent a lot more time in the backfield with Carnell Williams.

Fannin has less room for runs back there with Brad Lester and Ben Tate sharing time.

Borges said Fannin's offensive package could expand if he keeps handling it well. The redshirt freshman said he's just happy to be getting his chances, however they come.

Fannin spent some time working at receiver during his redshirt season, which has helped him adjust to his new role. He and Tate both have nine catches.

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