Safety Shakeup Tops Tuesday News

Auburn, Ala.—A change in the secondary highlighted Tuesday's practice as redshirt freshman <b>Donnay Young</b> has earned the starting nod at free safety for this weekend's showdown with the Georgia Bulldogs.

Young's continuing good play combined with former starter Stanford Simmons' inconsistency prompted defensive coordinator John Lovett to make the switch and he says that he feels like Young is ready to step up to the challenge.

"I'm going to give him a shot to start," Lovett said Tuesday night. "We're going to see how that works out…we'll keep an eye on him and see what happens. He's been steady when he's been in there. He's been doing a good job and that's why we're giving him a shot."

Working with the first team, Young and his teammates took advantage of a perfect weather day to get in just over two hours of quality game plan action against the Bulldogs. Getting looks at quarterback from both Jacob Allen and Todd Bradford, the defense continued to practice for both the option plays that Georgia employs and also the high-powered passing attack the Bulldogs run well.

Lovett said Georgia's offense all begins with quarterback David Greene "Coach (Mark) Richt does a good job of mixing up his calls," Lovett said. "He's very balanced on down and distance. He's got two very good receivers to throw to plus an athletic tight end that will stretch you vertically if you stay in two-deep…we've going to have to make sure to mix up our coverages and pressure this guy a little bit to defend them."

Offensively, the Tigers worked on being more physical up front in preparation for the usual tough game against the Bulldogs. With true freshman Carnell Williams running with the first team at tailback and Ronnie Brown splitting time with Casinious Moore and Chris Butler with the second team, it's a safe assumption that Auburn's coaches know they'll have to run the ball successfully to win in Sanford Stadium Saturday. Starting right tackle Monreko Crittenden said that the Tigers have picked up the pace on that front this week and they're ready to play.

"Because of the history this game is kind of like the Alabama-Auburn game," he notes. "It is up there with the rest of them and the intensity has picked up a little bit. We practiced (Sunday) and I think we're real intense and ready for this game."

Commenting on the Bulldogs, Crittenden said, "They play hard and most of them are strong. "We're just going to have to buckle down and get after it."

On the injury front, the Tigers appear to be as healthy as they've been all season. The one exception is on the defensive front where sophomore tackle Marcus White didn't practice after getting kicked in the neck in Sunday's practice. He's scheduled to return to practice on Wednesday. Linebacker Mark Brown was back at practice Tuesday and is a go for Saturday. Lovett said that he expects everyone else to be ready when the ball is kicked off this weekend.

The Tigers will practice Wednesday and Thursday before leaving town Friday afternoon. Kickoff for Saturday's game is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. and can be seen nationally on CBS.

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