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Auburn: Back In Blackmon

Auburn has been missing starting linebacker Tray Blackmon for the last three weeks, but with their biggest game of the young season scheduled for Saturday, when the Tigers travel to Gainesville to face No. 4 Florida, Auburn will have Blackmon back in the mix. The timing could not be better for the 6-foot, 223-pound linebacker, who had his first career game a year ago against the Gators. In that contest, he recovered a fumble and had a 22-yard return on the play, an effective SEC welcome for the then-freshman. Although he may not start this week, having him available to play will be a big boost for the Tigers, especially with fellow linebacker Merrill Johnson staying home to nurse a hurt shoulder.

Kickoff specialist Tristan Davis will make the trip to Gainesville on Saturday, but head coach Tommy Tuberville is not sure he will play. Davis has missed the entirety of the season thus far with a broken toe. Tuberville said that as of mid-week, senior Pat Lee is running faster than Davis, so the junior may not get into the game.

"You don't want to put him out there just because he used to do it," Tuberville said. "You want to put the best one out there."

Especially when you're facing the nation's No. 4 team.

Motley Back Rolling WIth The Tide
Fans of the Alabama defense can breathe a sigh of relief this week as nose tackle Brian Motley has taken part in multiple full-contact practices for the first time since breaking his ankle in the first game week of the season. The redshirt freshman earned the starting job in preseason camp, but quickly gave it up to Lorenzo Washington when he broke his ankle.

Motley will not overtake Washington as the starter this week, as he was cleared for practice only days ago, but has the chance to get some game time in on Saturday against Florida State, if he successfully completes the rest of this week's practices without incident.

Joining him back at practice was starting inside linebacker Darren Mustin, who had been out with a shoulder injury.

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