March 20, 2013

Push for accountability

AUBURN | Jay Prosch is encouraged by the progress Auburn has made since a lopsided Iron Bowl loss four months ago.

It all starts with accountability.

The rising senior said Wednesday that the senior class, which includes 13 players, have played expectations upon teammates to handle everything in their lives properly. That has forced players to be accountable to each other rather than turning coaches into part-time schoolmarms.

Prosch said that concept was a natural response to what happened during the 2012 season.

"You're going to take something from (a three-win season) no matter what, but we're looking at it more about the things we need to change," he said. "Leadership -- players trying to take control of the team instead of the coaches taking control of the team and guys giving everything they've got everyday. That's what we've been doing. There's new excitement. We want to do well for new coaches. We want to show them what we have."

How will the seniors handle things when a player runs afoul of the expectation? End Dee Ford said that hasn't happened just yet, but he's willing to use his authority to correct a younger teammate.

"We're taking ownership as players," Ford said. "It's a maturity thing."

GOING GREEN: Players have been spotted wearing green practice jerseys during the past few months, though the reason for the unusual hue had been something of a mystery.

Prosch cleared it up Wednesday.

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