Football Walk-ons To Receive Scholarships

Two members of the 2003 football team received good news about their status with the 2004 team.

Auburn, Ala.--A pair of walk-ons will be scholarship players starting with the 2004 football season.

Coach Tommy Tuberville has put junior defensive back Kevin Hobbs and redshirt freshman deep snapper Pete Compton on scholarship.

Kevins Hobbs

Hobbs, 6-0, 183-pounder from Tampa, Fla., started seven games last year at cornerback and played in the other six contests. He tied for the team lead in interceptions with three and deflected seven passes.

A transfer from Texas Southern, Hobbs played high school football at Tampa Bay Tech. He joined the AU team in 2002 and sat out the season as a transfer.

He was a surprise starter at cornerback and finished the season with 16 solos tackles and 15 assists. He had six tackles in a victory over Tennessee and deflected four passes in his team's victory at Arkansas.

Hobbs moved to free safety during spring training and did well there. He goes into preseason practice number two on the depth chart behind returning starter Will Herring, a sophomore, and ahead of redshirt freshman Eric Brock.

Kevin Hobbs is shown at an Auburn practice.

Compton came to Auburn last year as a specially invited walk-on from Brentwood, Tenn., Academy. The 6-6, 232-pound is expected to win the deep snapping job on field goals and punts with Jeremy Wells graduating.

Auburn was scheduled to bring in another deep snapper for two-a-days who made an official recruiting visit. However, Matt Mueller from St. Francis De Sales High in Toledo, a traditional northern Ohio prep power, was offered a scholarship to play at Kent State and accepted the offer.

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