Playing Center Nothing New For Danny Lindsey

Senior Danny Lindsey could be a center of attention when the Tigers play the Georgia Bulldogs.

Auburn, Ala.--Senior Danny Lindsey got all of the reps with the first team at center at Thursday's practice after Steven Ross suffered a knee injury in Wednesday's practice.

Jeremy Ingle, who has started seven of nine games this season at center, missed the Ole Miss game and has been unable to practice full speed this week with a high ankle sprain. Ross took his starting spot for the Ole Miss game, but may be lost for the season with a possible ACL tear.

Lindsey has started every game in 2004 at right guard, but was a reserve center in 2001 and got one start that year when Ben Nowland was injured. He started 11 games at left guard and two at center in 2002. He started all 13 games last season at center.

Danny Lindsey

Lindsey says that the switch back to his old position was like riding a bike. "The calls came pretty naturally today," he says. "I don't feel like I messed up. I might have missed one call today. I'm not sure, but I think I got all of them right. We'll have to see when we watch film.

"I took quite a few reps at center," he adds. "I actually surprised myself. I haven't run it in a while. I had run some second team center during camp and a little bit yesterday, but I got all the reps today and I actually thought I did a pretty good job."

At Lindsey's vacated guard spot, the coaches are looking at two options. "Right now (backup guard) Tim Duckworth is working at the one and we're getting him some reps," Lindsey says. "They're also looking at sliding (starting right tackle) Troy Reddick down to the guard position and moving King (King Dunlap) or Leon (Leon Hart) up to the right tackle position."

Duckworth and Reddick split time Thursday at right guard, and Reddick also practiced at tackle while Duckworth was in the first team lineup. "Troy played it (guard) last year so it's like me going back to center. He's doing pretty good. He still knows all of the calls and what to do. It's just that the technique is a little different."

Although Ingle has been unable to practice at center this week, he has been riding the exercise bike and running on the side. His chances of playing against Georgia on Nov. 13 look to be solid, but the coaches don't want to take any chances of being unprepared. Even if he is 100 percent for the Bulldogs, offensive line coach Hugh Nall wants to have a backup plan in case anything happens to his Ingle with Ross not in the picture.

"Maybe Jeremy can be back out there, get me back to guard and let him handle it and that way we won't have to shuffle up the line," Lindsey says. "Whatever it takes to win. If Jeremy needs to sit out another week, I'm sure Coach Nall will get the best five out there."

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