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A redshirt freshman is not expected be back for the 2002 Auburn football season.

Auburn, Ala.--Redshirt freshman guard David Walker is not expected to be a part of the 2002 Auburn football team.

The offensive lineman has left the team and returned home. He is not expected to return to Auburn.

The 6-2, 311-pounder from Boyd Anderson High in Lauderdale Lakes, Fla., finished spring training as the number one weakside guard ahead of sophomore Nate French, who spent approximately half of the spring running first string at the position.

Prior to his departure, Walker had missed meetings with the coaching staff and had also missed offseason conditioning workouts directed by Kevin Yoxall.

David Walker made a push for playing time at offensive guard in spring drills.

Walker, who played both offense and defense in high school, spent last fall on the scout team as an offensive guard. He missed several practices last fall while questioning whether or not he wanted to play college football.

Sophomore Danny Lindsey, who the coaching staff is planning to move from center to guard in August, is expected to compete for the starting job at weakside guard along with French. Lindsey will also continue to be a backup at center behind senior Ben Nowland along with sophomore Jeremy Ingle. Senior Ryan Hockett, 6-2, 284 pounds, is also in the guard mix as a reserve behind Monreko Crittenden, the likely starter at strongside guard.

Another option is to use redshirt freshman Steven Ross at guard. He can play any position on the offensive line.

Further depth at guard will come from a pair of highly regarded signees--Jonathon Palmer from Cedar Grove High in Ellenwood, Ga., and Troy Reddick from Westover High in Albany, Ga. Auburn's other offensive line signees, William Ward and Marcus McNeill, are expected to play other positions. Ward is a center and McNeill is a tackle.

Offensive line coach Hugh Nall says the freshmen will given a serious opportunity to break into the two-deep depth chart this season.

The Tigers will open the 2002 season on Sept. 2 in Los Angeles against the Southern Cal Trojans. Varsity players are due to report on August 7th and the first full squad practice is August 8th. The first full day in pads is August 11th.

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