Auburn Football 2010: What To Do With Ladarious Phillips

Kevin McGradySenior Writer IAugust 12, 2010

TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 1: Coach Gene Chizik of the Auburn Tigers directs play against the Northwestern Wildcats in the Outback Bowl January 1, 2010 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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There is a freshman on the plains that has caught the imagination of fans and media alike. There are stories about him popping up on a daily basis. Calculus teachers are thinking of test questions that involve momentum and impact of a 290 pound object moving a yard at between .045 and.048 seconds.

The media has projected him as an aspiring furniture mover that got a division one scholarship to play football. Some of the ladies have aspired to calling him “Big Sexy” while it has been rumored a coach has named him “Sugar Bear”.

A Sugar Bear seems to compare well in context of the well known humor of this particular beloved staff member. It sounds like Coach Trooper Taylor in the background of the video to me. It is up to fans to make up their own mind.

No matter what he is being called at the moment, Ladarious Phillips has worked hard and impressed many since arriving on campus. At 290 pounds, Coach Gus Malzhan doesn’t even have an idea of how he is going to use this young man in the offense yet.

In an interview on local radio, one of the main topics of conversation with Trooper Taylor, the receivers coachm ,was a 290 pound full back. It would even seem he has grasped the attention of upstate media. What will be the role of Ladarious Phillips?

He has done some work with receivers as evidenced in this video. This would lead to the logical conclusion that H-Back is one of the options being considered. He would be a huge mismatch for a defensive secondary.

Not only is Phillips bigger than most tight ends, he is faster and more explosive as well. Possible mismatches like these give fans something to contemplate while waiting for kickoff.

He was an unknown from an out of the way town in eastern Alabama, now he has become a sensation for fans to contemplate.