DKW 86 6,407 Posted August 18, 2006 Share Posted August 18, 2006 http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/mld/ledgere...ty/15300529.htm Blackmon remains positiveLinebacker not slowed by suspension BY CHRISTA TURNER Staff Writer AUBURN, Ala. - The work remains the same, but there is one huge difference for Auburn linebacker Tray Blackmon -- the rewards are still a ways in the future. Blackmon didn't really want to redshirt, but did. He moved onto the first team at weakside linebacker during the spring. Starting that first game against Washington State seemed tangible and so close. Now, that chance to start is once again an abstract, something Blackmon can't pin down. An alcohol-related arrest in his hometown of LaGrange, Ga., drew an unspecified suspension from head coach Tommy Tuberville. It looks to be at least two games and possibly three. Blackmon hasn't let that slow him in practice. He's worked hard and his teammates and coaches have taken notice. "I just look at the big picture," Blackmon said. "When I do get out there, I just want to take advantage of it and try to learn from my mistakes. When I do come back, I want to try to help the team as much as I can." During the first week of two-a-days, Blackmon languished on the third team and didn't get a bunch of repetitions. However, injuries within the linebacker corps led to Blackmon taking more reps with the second team. He's likely to drift back down, however, as coaches try to build depth without him or Kevin Sears, who is going through the same punishment. Linebacker coach James Willis said last week he's been pleased with the attitudes of Blackmon and Sears. "If they had a bad attitude, it would be a cancer to the group," Willis said. "As long as we can keep that attitude, keep them positive and keep them ready when the time comes, I think they'll be OK." Blackmon said he loves the new defense being installed by coordinator Will Muschamp and has thrown himself into learning it. "We get to run around and make plays from different positions," Blackmon said. "It's a very interesting defense. He throws a lot at us." Linebacker Karibi Dede said he's seen Blackmon and Sears throw themselves into football as a means of dealing with their off-field problems. "It's difficult," Dede said. "I'm Kevin's roommate, and he told me it was difficult knowing he has to hold off for a couple of games. But on the field, it's the way they escape from the things they're dealing with." Blackmon will get his shot to play soon -- just not as quickly as he had hoped. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.