Walker Returns To Tiger Practice

Auburn, Ala.—The return of rover <b>Rashaud Walker</b> was the highlight of the two-hour practice on Wednesday as the Tigers worked on all aspects of the game, with plenty of attention to kicking and coverage, in preparation for Arkansas.

Spending much of the day in offensive and defensive units working against scout teams, the entire team used the first 15 and the last 10 minutes of the day in special teams groups. Always an important part of every game, special teams becomes even bigger in conference games and particularly on the road. Putting in the work they says is necessary during the week, the Auburn coaches want to be sure they can continue to make special teams play a strong point of this team.

"We tried to spend a little more time on the kicking game," head coach Tommy Tuberville noted about Wednesday's practice. "We were able to get a few more of our guys back that were injured so we've been able to get some of our starters back off the kicking teams and get our normal guys back in."

A good sign for the Auburn team and family was the familiar number 37 of Walker on the practice field. Back in Auburn following some much-needed time with his family after the death of his mother in a traffic accident on Monday, Tuberville said that Walker seems to be doing fine and should play this weekend against Arkansas but it will be Walker's decision alone.

"He practiced and said he thought his mom would want him to play," he noted. "I think the funeral is Monday. I told him it's up to him and I'm sure it's going to be tough on him."

Part of the day was also devoted to working in one-on-one situations both in the secondary and up front. Quarterback Daniel Cobb had a good day throwing the ball against the defense and wide receiver Deandre Green made several nice catches. Defensively DeMarco McNeil looked to be moving better than he has in several weeks and appears to be closer to full speed, something that should help bolster the run defense this week against the Hogs.

In addition of the return of Walker, linebackers Tavarreus Pounds and Mark Brown both continue to work towards Saturday's game. Although Pounds has been cleared and will play, Brown continues to wait clearance from the doctors on his neck and shoulder problems, but could be approved at any time. With both still banged up the likely starters will be Dontarrious Thomas and Brandon Johnson, who is expected to be getting the most extensive defensive work of his career this weekend because of the physical style of play expected from the Razorback squad.

The Tigers will leave for Fayetteville on Friday afternoon and will work out at 4 p.m. at Reynolds-Razorback Stadium before calling it a day. Kickoff for Saturday's game is set for 11:30 a.m. and can be seen regionally on Jefferson-Pilot Sports. The Tigers will have an off-week following the Arkansas game before going on the road to Georgia the following week.

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