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Rose starts classes; status uncertain

Friday, August 25, 2006

AUBURN -- After several weeks of waiting, receiver Alex Rose is officially an Auburn Tiger and will start classes today.

The fall semester began last week, but because Rose's arrival is within the "drop-add" period, he will still be able to enroll in classes.

Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville couldn't immediately say whether the prospect from Jacksonville, Fla., was a full or partial qualifier.

"I won't know until he gets here on that," Tuberville said. "All I was told was that he was on his way and would be in school (today). We'll see what his status is."

If Rose is a partial qualifier, he would not be able to play this year but could earn back that year of eligibility by graduating on time.

"I'm just glad he's in school," Tuberville said. "He'll redshirt anyway."

-- SCOUT'S HONOR: Auburn officially formed scout teams Thursday, although coaches left enough flexibility for players on the bubble to move if necessary.

"You don't really know until you get into the season," defensive coordinator Will Muschamp said. "You've always got to prepare for the injuries."

Most of Auburn's freshman class was placed on the scout team, along with a handful of walk-ons.

At least two scholarship players are on the squad. Sophomore offensive tackle Andrew McCain is expected to redshirt after playing on defense last year, so his inclusion was not a huge surprise.

The only mild surprise on the list is receiver Anthony Campbell, a sophomore who redshirted in 2004 and played very sparingly last year.

"It's a little bit of shock to some of those kids," Muschamp said. "They all anticipate starting their first game at Auburn, and then all of a sudden they're on scout team. It's a process for them."

-- LINEUP SET: Linebackers coach James Willis said Will Herring, Karibi Dede and Merrill Johnson are likely to start next weekend's opener against Washington State.

As of now, the second team includes Patrick Trahan, Chris Evans and Craig Stevens.

In addition to suspensions to Tray Blackmon and Kevin Sears, Auburn's linebacker corps has fought several injuries this month.

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Considering that our LB's are without suspended Sears and Blackmon...

the starting trio of Herring, Dede, and Johnson with Trahan, Stevens and Evans...is still pretty good...young at the second spot..but certainly talented

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Rose arrives: Freshman wide receiver Alex Rose of Tallahassee has arrived on campus. Tuberville said the NCAA eligibility clearinghouse ruled him a partial qualifier, meaning he can practice but can't play this season. He will have three years of eligibility unless he graduates in four years.

Tuberville said Rose will begin practice Sunday.

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