Posted August 10 2006 - 06:41 AM
| Those linebackers weren't even starters. One is a red-shirt freshman. I don't see that affecting Auburn at all the first three games. |
One of the Auburn linebackers was senior Kevin Sears
. He was held out of last year's Georgia and Wisconsin games due to the same transgression. The Auburn defense struggled mightily in both of those games.
The other linebacker was redshirt freshman Tray Blackmon.
Blackmon, a Parade All-American recruit, had won the starting weak side LB job in the Spring.
In addition, Steve Gandy, who was recently moved from Safety to linebacker-presumably to help add depth to the position-hurt his right leg in two-a-days and is also out for the LSU game.
I'm not saying categorically that Auburn will lose to LSU (it's a home game for Auburn); but it will make it much more difficult without those big linebackers. The rest of the linebackers on their roster are lightening-quick, but lack the weight of a traditional linebacker.
(On the other hand, they are so good and so deep at DE this year that it may not matter ....!)