Philip Pate Could Be Lost For The Season

Auburn, Ala--The news wasn't all good for Auburn on Friday as the Tigers wrapped up what <b>Tommy Tuberville</b> said was a solid week of practice.

The Auburn coach learned on Friday from team medical personnel that linebacker Phillip Pate will likely miss the remainder of the season due to a shoulder injury suffered in Thursday night's junior varsity contest with Georgia Military College.


Philip Pate

Pate suffered a third-degree separation of the AC joint in his left shoulder during the game according to head trainer Arnold Gamber and Tuberville added that surgery is a possibility. Dr. James Andrews will check on Pate's injury when the sophomore travels to Birmingham on Monday for further evaluation.

Auburn went through a light workout Friday afternoon in its final practice of the week as the Tigers spent a majority of the hour-long session working on recognizing offensive and defensive schemes they will see from Georgia next Saturday.

The team spent most of the week putting in pieces of the game plan for Georgia, but will focus more on that when the Tigers return to the practice fields on Sunday. "It's good to have a week off," Tuberville says. "Sometimes people say you'd rather go play the next week (after a big loss), but we needed a week off. Sometimes you can deal with a loss a lot better if you had gone out and played well, but we didn't play well."

Tuberville said the Tigers have a lot of work to do and the coaches added plenty of conditioning drills during the week in order to make sure that Auburn has the endurance to play an entire four quarters at full speed. The defense has allowed 21 points in each of the last two games in the fourth quarter.

Part of that problem has been the ineffectiveness of the offense and the quarterback battle, which was reopened following the 42-17 loss to Arkansas, is still up in the air. Senior Daniel Cobb and redshirt freshman Jason Campbell are getting most of the snaps with the first team, but junior Jeff Klein has also been working some with the first team.


Jason Campbell calls a play during Friday's practice

"Right now we are still alternating (quarterbacks)," Tuberville said. "We will probably name a starter on Monday." Auburn will get back to the regular weekly practice routine on Sunday and have Monday off.

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