Auburn's Powers Trying to Make Name for Himself

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Auburn coaches are very familiar with Jerraud Powers.

He played all over Auburn's secondary last season, after all, and has been working at first-team cornerback during the preseason.

Powers has been competing with senior Patrick Lee for the starting job at left corner opposite Jonathan Wilhite. He has drawn praise from defensive coordinator Will Muschamp for his work ethic.

But the 5-foot-9, 183-pound Powers isn't taking for granted his first-team status leading up to the Tigers' opener against Kansas State on Sept. 1.

Powers was inserted at cornerback, safety and in nickel and dime formations as the fifth or sixth defensive back last season and played in all 13 games.

Muschamp said earlier this week that Powers was running first-team at cornerback and nickel back.

Powers said he compensates for lack of size and less than blazing speed by film study of opponents and "just understanding the defense."

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