Auburn OL Avery Young gets tough love

Avery Young has NFL written all over him. He's big, strong and versatile. He has experience, too, with 26 starts in his three-year career at Auburn.

But the 6-foot-6, 305-pound offensive tackle can get better, according to his position coach, J.B. Grimes.

He may be "one of the best game players" Grimes has coached, but there's more to it than showing up on Saturdays. He has to show up day in and day out.

"I tell my guys this: I'm a terrible golfer," Grimes told AL.com. "If I go out and hit a bad shot on the golf course, it doesn't bother me. I'm a less than average fisherman and if I go out and don't catch very many fish, that doesn't bother me. But if a guy misses a block that I'm coaching, that really bothers me. That is my craft; that is what I do. I think you can't be casual about your craft. You can not do it and be where they want to pay you to do your craft. I really believe that you can't be casual about it and at times I thought Avery was causal and I told him that. And you know what? He got better with that."

Backing up that account is offensive coordinator Rhett Lashley who singled out both Young and Shon Coleman as the most consistent linemen during the spring.

Read more on Young's growth as a senior.