Auburn returns one of the best defensive lines in the SEC and the nation. And every elite defensive front has its Swiss Army Knife.
Returning for his redshirt junior year is Nick Coe, who some could say is that versatile weapon of the defensive line. Coe has been everywhere — doing everything — during his time at Auburn, spending last year playing a lot of the buck position. This year seems to his year to make his presence known at all three slots — defensive end, tackle and buck.
"I like, situationally, to be able to do different things," Coe said. "I like showing people what I can do, and not in just one position. I can play all around. It's really good for me to show other people what I'm about."
Coe is still wearing a cast on his wrist after dislocating it last season against Georgia, but he said he's close to 100 percent and will be an even bigger threat when fully covered.
"You'll see," Coe said when asked if he has any new moves added to his arsenal. "A couple... If we do a stunt on certain plays and I see how it works out, I can go back and see how it compares when I do my pass-rushing moves."
In terms of what type of threat he wants to be, Coe compared himself to Chicago Bears D-lineman Khalil Mack, who became the first player in NFL history to be named All-Pro at both linebacker and defensive end last season.
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"I watch Khalil Mack a lot," Coe said. "That's the person I watch the most. I think we've got the same comparisons and everything."
Coe said he enjoys the simplicity of Mack's game — specifically, his favorite move of Mack's that he hopes to emulate next season.
"Inside strong arm," Coe said. "That's all. Power."
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