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Running back competition a three-man race

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AUBURN, Ala. -

The Auburn Tigers were back on the practice field for spring workouts Tuesday morning.

With Tre Mason gone to the NFL, Gus Malzahn finds himself unsure of his no. 1 running back during the spring.

Mason took control of the job last season, and this year, it’s a three-man race: seniors Cameron Artis-Payne and Opelika native Corey Grant, and redshirt freshman Peyton Barber.

It’s a different competition this year, since the three guys vying for the job aren’t trying to learn a new offense at the same time.

“Last year was actually a little harder, because with Coach Malzahn coming back, you had to adjust to the offense, learn the offense,” Grant said. “At this point, you know the offense so you’re more comfortable. I’m just trying to sit back and make plays every day.”

Auburn has been in pads twice so far, but it won’t be until they get into a competitive situation that Malzahn will be able to learn anything about the backs.

“When we have our scrimmages, that’s when the running backs can really have a chance to show what they can do—break tackles, yards after contact,” Malzahn said. “That will be a big factor in who’s on the field on Saturdays.”

Auburn’s first scrimmage will be Saturday, March 29.

Jonathan Huskey

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