It's a steep rise in the level of play from Massachusetts to Auburn, but graduate transfer Jack Driscoll appears to be making a seamless transition.
Although Driscoll has only been able to participate in summer workouts since transferring to Auburn in May, the 6-foot-5, 300-pounder has already opened eyes with his new teammates.
"I am extremely happy that he came to Auburn because, like I said, he's a great person, but he's a freak of an athlete when it comes to a guy that's 6-5, 300 pounds," Tigers quarterback Jarrett Stidham told Al.com this week at Eli Manning's passing academy. "He's just a freak athlete and I think he can really help us this year."
Driscoll is expecting to vie for the starting right tackle job with redshirt freshmen Calvin Ashley and Austin Troxell during Auburn's fall camp. He made 12 starts at right tackle for the Minutemen in 2017.
"Obviously, we need to get into fall camp and see how he plays and stuff like that," Stidham said. "But so far, from what I've seen, I've been really happy that he's here."
Auburn coach Gus Malzahn noted that Driscoll showed he could handle the level of play in the SEC because UMass played five league teams during his two seasons.
"We got good information," Malzahn said. "You could tell he had a skill set that could definitely play in this league. When we got around him and the type of person he is and the family he has, it was a really good fit for Auburn. We think he's got a chance to be a very good player."