DKW 86 6,371 Posted August 11, 2006 Share Posted August 11, 2006 http://www.al.com/auburnfootball/huntsvill....xml&coll=1 Auburn notebookInjuries leave Tigers short of players Friday, August 11, 2006 Huntsville Times AUBURN - With the season opener against Washington State 22 days away, injuries are mounting for Auburn's football team. The Tigers are getting so short-handed that coach Tommy Tuberville says a game-type scrimmage scheduled for Saturday could be moved to Sunday or Monday. Redshirt freshman cornerback Jarraud Powers, senior linebacker Karibi Dede and sophomore safety Lorenzo Ferguson all left Thursday morning's practice with shoulder injuries and did not practice Thursday afternoon. Freshman linebacker Hendrick Leverette suffered a leg injury. Nose guard Tez Doolittle sat out Thursday's practices with a bruised Achilles. He is expected back today, Tuberville said. Senior center Joe Cope, who suffered a sprained knee last Friday, has still not returned. Tuberville said none of the injuries is considered serious and the players should return "in a few days." Linebacker Steve Gandy remains hospitalized with complications from a bruised quadricep muscle, but Tuberville said he is improving. "It looks like they'll finish closing up his wound tomorrow and he'll be on the road to recovery," Tuberville said. "How long that's going to be, a month, two months, we'll have to wait and see. The prognosis looks good, barring complications." On the plus side, safety Tristan Davis returned to practice Thursday after missing Wednesday with headaches. Berry goes to tackle: Freshman Mike Berry, who started preseason camp as a center and then moved to right guard, is now a right tackle. Berry, 6-foot-3 and 296 pounds from Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy, shows plenty of promise, offensive line coach Hugh Nall said. "He has real good feet and some great fundamentals from high school," Nall said. "He's been well-coached. He's a big body that can move. It's just a matter of learning everything he has to do." Muschamp wants more: First-year defensive coordinator Will Muschamp said he saw some good things in watching the tape of Wednesday's scrimmage, but he didn't see enough of what he wants. "Effort, toughness and leadership, that's what we need here," Muschamp said. "We don't have enough guys that buy into that." Duckworth, Groves on list: Senior offensive guard Tim Duckworth and junior defensive end Quentin Groves have been named to the watch list for the Rotary Lombardi Award. The award is given annually to the nation's top down lineman. Duckworth and Groves are among 101 players on the watch list. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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