Football Tiger Injured in Accident

An Auburn football player discusses an injury that is hampering his preparations for the 2002 season.

Auburn, Ala.--Redshirt freshman defensive end Steven Bouldin is on crutches as the result of an accident suffered while driving a four-wheeler near his home in Crossville, Ala.

He is expected to be out of action for four to six weeks while a cracked bone in his right leg heals. Where it is located, just below the knee, no cast is necessary, but he is using crutches to walk and he keeps the injury wrapped and iced.

Redshirt freshman Steve Bouldin

Steven Bouldin Bouldin says the injury doesn't physically hurt him, but adds, "It is just stressful that something happened so close to two-a-days with the progress that I had been making during summer workouts." With two-a-days not starting until August 8th, if the healing process is on the schedule he will be ready to go full speed for the start of practice.

Bouldin, who is second team on the depth chart behind junior Reggie Torbor at weakside defensive end, stands six-feet-five-inches tall and currently weighs 225 pounds, which is up from 208 when he reported last year. Although he can do upper body workouts while he recovers, most of the offseason conditioning work is off limits. He says that while he has been getting in good shape, all of the running he has been doing in the heat has prevented him from gaining weight and he hopes the down time this summer will enable him to add weight

"My goal is to get up to 240 pounds by the start of two-a-days," Bouldin notes.

The redshirt freshman says he and a long-time friend collided while they were both riding four-wheel all-terrain vehicles. He is an experienced rider and says the accident last Saturday night was his first. The impact broke a bone in Bouldin's leg, but doctors at the emrfency room in the Boaz-Albertville Medical Center told him he was fortunate that the injury was not serious.

"The first thing I thought about was Coach (Tommy) Tuberville and how am I going to explain this?' The main thing that went through my head is that I didn't know how serious the injury was. I just knew I was injured. I went to the emergency room immediately just as a precaution. When I got there they told me was just a mild fracture below my knee."

Auburn team physician Larry Lemak confirmed the original diagnosis. "I was very lucky," says Bouldin, who adds that the collision happened when both drivers were not moving very fast.

Tiger Ticket Extra: Bouldin weighed 208 pounds when he was signed out of Crossville High School, where he was a three-sport athlete. He worked on the scout team last fall as a redshirt. He was a two-time All-State pick in both football and basketball. As a senior quarterback, he completed 65-134 passes for 1,003 yards and seven touchdowns. He ran the ball 138 times for 975 yards and 10 touchdowns....In basketball, Bouldin averaged 26 points, 9.8 rebounds and 9.3 blocked shots per game as a high school senior...Bouldin says his parents went easy on him about the accident, but his older brother, who played on the defensive line at Memphis, chastised him for not being careful enough.


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