Fannin heads Auburn’s tailback race

“Mario’s very talented. He’s got great speed, he’s extremely well-built and low to the ground, has a great leverage when he runs,” Auburn coach Gene Chizik said. “He’s got really good vision. He’s got a chance to be a good back in this league. He’s got to get used to being back there and doing the things at that spot that are required in the offense.”

In part, that means using his brawn between the tackles instead of quickness and downfield moves that came in handier as a receiver. That shouldn’t be too much of a problem for the chiseled Fannin.