Dunn Looking for DL Reinforcements

Defensive tackle coach Don Dunn talks about the potential playing rotation at tackle and noseguard for the Mississippi State game.

Auburn, Ala.--Defensive line coach Don Dunn says with versatile Josh Thompson limping, it is time to get some of his young linemen into game action in week two when the Tigers play Mississippi State.

Thompson, who is the top backup at both noseguard and tackle, suffered a high ankle sprain against Georgia Tech, but continued to play through the painful injury. He was held out of Monday's Auburn practice, although Dunn said Thompson wanted to practice. "He's a tough kid," the coach notes.

Tez Doolittle

Thompson backed up T.J. Jackson at noseguard and Wayne Dickens at tackle in Auburn's opening night loss to Georgia Tech. "I was really happy with their effort and their technique grades," Dunn says of Jackson and Dickens.

"Josh would have been in the rotation more, but he hurt his ankle," Dunn notes. "It was a severe, high ankle sprain. It just shows how tough he is. They (the trainers) said he was done, but he went back in and finished the game.

"I have got to get Tez ready," Dunn adds. "He has got to play this week. Tez is the next guy who is going to hit the field for us. He has got to go. It is going to be an 11:30 game, it's going to be hot...I can't play two guys 65 snaps."

Dunn says that there is a chance that several other little-used players will see game action as well as a true freshman tackle Sen'Derrick Marks. Dunn says that sophomore tackle Neil Brown will play at tackle. "Then it is a toss between those two other young kids--Pat Sims and Sen'Derrick.

"I would like to get them all in the game," Dunn says. "It just depends on the game and how it is going--the flow, what they are doing. They are going to be a big, physical offensive line and are going to run the ball a lot more and probably sprint out so it is going to be a hard game for all the running we are going to have to do to sprint out."

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