Tough Week For Most AU Commitments

An update on the seasons of all the current Auburn football commitments is featured.

Auburn, Ala.--It wasn't the best of weeks for most of the Tigers' commitments for the class of 2006. However, none of them had things as rough as quarterback commitment Neil Caudle.

Unfortunately for the talented passer, he tore his right ACL on the third play of Spain Park's second game of the season versus Oak Mountain. Caudle, who had just fully recovered during the summer from surgery to fix a torn ACL in his left knee he suffered against Hoover that ended his junior season, will now be forced to sit and watch his temmates finish his senior season without him.

He is scheduled to have surgery on Wednesday to repair the tear and should be fully rehabbed and back to full strength in time to report to Auburn next summer.

Two more of Auburn's commitments were unable to play this weekend, but for a much different reason. With the effects of Hurricane Katrina taking top precedent in the state of Mississippi both Greg Smith and Hendrick Leverette had their games cancelled over the weekend. Smith and his East Mississippi Junior College team were set to kick off on Thursday night, but will have to re-schedule that game. However, they should get back to action this Saturday. With Leverette in the southern Mississippi city of Hattiesburg, which was hard hit by Katrina, there could still be some questions as to the timeframe for getting the season restarted there.

Although nowhere nearly as unfortunate as a season ending injury or being forced out of action due to a natural disaster, three more of the Tigers' commitments for the class of 2006 suffered losses in the third week of high school football accross the South.

In a rough season opener against a very good team from Longview, Tex., Steven Ensminger was only able to complete 11-21 passes for 59 yards and also threw an interception as West Monroe High from Monroe, La., dropped to 0-1 with a 21-0 defeat at the hands of Longview.

Another palyer whose team was unable to get it done in the opener was Charles Henderson High's Zaccheus Etheridge. The Trojans got off to a horrific start in a region game with a 45-14 loss to Eufaula. The talented cornerback was solid on defense, but had a miscue in the kicking game as he fumbled a kickoff return that led to a Eufala field goal in the first quarter.

Etheridge was one of the most impressive players at any of Auburn's camps this summer.

Finally, talented athlete Mario Fannin had a great game and did everything he could to try and lead his team to a win in a shootout agasint Riverdale High, but a field goal with less than a minute left dropped the Wildcats to 1-2 on the season with a 37-34 loss. Fannin, who led his team on a scoring drive to tie the game, rushed nine times for 108 yards and two TDs and added 248 yards passing and three more touchdowns while completing 13 of his 22 passes. Through three games Fannin has thrown for 315 yards and and five touchdowns and has also rushed for 248 and three scores.

Mario Fannin could play a number of positions on the college level including running back, wide receiver, safety or cornerback.

The only Tiger commitment to get a win over the weekend was Trinity High's Bart Eddins. His Wildcats were able to pull off a a tight 10-7 victory over regional opponent Ashford to move thier record to 2-0 on the season and move their regular season winning streak to 43 games. Eddins was a big key in the win as he was able to force a fumble and was also able to come up with a big sack late to help preserve the victory.

Bart Eddins has been a big part of Trinity's success over the past few seasons.

The Tigers' other commitment, Benjamin Tate, still has not started his season for Snow Hill High School in Maryland and won't get things kicked off until this weekend. The talented back was on the Plains over the weekend for his official recruiting visit with his family and had a great time. He said following the visit that he really enjoyed the game day atmosphere and that the trip only helped to solidify his commitment to the Tigers.


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