October 27, 2007

Auburn: Cox Pulls A Tebow

Well, sort of. Auburn quarterback Brandon Cox won his game, leading the Tigers to a 17-3 win over Ole Miss while Tebow's Gators went down to Gerogia, but Cox will follow Tebow's lead later this week when he sits out of prctices with a bruised non-throwing shoulder.

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October 26, 2007

Auburn: Teamsick

Quarterback Brandon Cox was one of several Auburn players to miss practice time this week with an illness. Head coach Tommy Tuberville described Cox's ailment as "a stomach virus," but said that a 24-hour flu has been circulating its way around the team, affecting various players. Cox said he will be fine to play on Saturday, but the day flu was not the only ailment plaguing the Tigers.

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October 17, 2007

Auburn Vs. LSU: The Maligned and The Mystery

A pair of big cats have a lot riding on Saturday's coveted SEC matchup between the Tigers of LSU and the Tigers of Auburn, but while Auburn is pleased to report that its previously maligned players are back and contributing in practices this week, LSU is keeping mum on the status of wide receiver Early Doucet, who rose from the injured for one play last week, only to return to obscurity this week.

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October 11, 2007

Auburn: Floundering Five

As Auburn continues its quest to reclaim some respect after a woeful start to the season, this week is a big one for the Tigers. No. 22 Auburn is traveling to Arkansas for a must-win SEC matchup, but the Tigers' bus will be missing as many as five starters due to varying degrees of injury. Linebacker Merrill Johnson, safety Aairon Savage and center Jason Bosley all missed practice on Tuesday, and linebacker Tray Blackmon and defensive end Quentin Groves were only at 50 percent, according to head coach Tommy Tuberville.

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October 01, 2007

Auburn: Ecstacy Erased By Agony

Auburn pulled off a huge upset win (again) over Florida on Saturday, but the Tigers' celebrations were cruelly cut short by injury news. Defensive end Quentin Groves, who was on every defensive award's preseason watch list coming into his senior year, disloacted three toes in his right foot during the victory and running back Tristan Davis brook a bone in his foot, taking both players out until further notice.

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September 27, 2007

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.

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September 14, 2007

Auburn: Break Out The Tiger Balm

Auburn suffered a blow last week when the Tigers dropped a home contest to South Florida, and now it looks like more was bruised than just the team's ego. Five different players are hampered by injuries that may keep them from starting on Saturday when the Tigers take on conference foe Mississippi State, and now is not a time Auburn can afford to have another letdown.

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September 04, 2007

False Alarms

There was plenty of bad news released on the injury front following week one's games, but coaches at Auburn, Arizona State and Kansas State are all breathing sighs of relief as they find out that their players will be ready to go this Saturday. Each team had a player get roughed up in their season opener, but Auburn linebacker Tray Blackmon, Arizona State running back Keegan Herring and Kansas State quarterback Josh Freeman should all take the field with little damage for week two.

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August 15, 2007

Bruised Backups

Losing a starter unquestionably derails any team's strategic planning for the short term at least (and long term at most), but losing a backup can be just as devastating. After a weekend of scrimmages around the nation, Auburn and Michigan are both feeling the effects of losing backups, and that's about as fun as a root canal.

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August 08, 2007

Minnesota: Detecting Concussions through the Helmet

The growing number of concussions sustained by football players is a hot topic everywhere these days, but in Minnesota, the facts are alarming to the point of action, reports the Pioneer Press. For the 2007 season, the University of Minneosta is one of nine NCAA teams that is providing its players with helmets designed to detect concussions. Sensors in the Riddell Sports helmets monitor and record impacts the player takes to the head during practices and games, eliminating the growing trend of players remaining in the huddle with head injuries.

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August 05, 2007

Slow out of the Gate

Practices began across the country this past weekend, and most players were pumped to be back in pads. The less fortunate were stalking the sidelines, still hampered by lingering injuries or cursing themselves for developing new ones. Here's quick rundown on who got 2007 off on the wrong foot.

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