Sears Cleared to Return to Game Action

A report on senior linebacker Kevin Sears is featured.

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn senior linebacker Kevin Sears, who missed the opening three games of the season due to a suspension by head coach Tommy Tuberville, will return to action this week.

Tuberville announced that news on Sunday as his football team begins preparations for a non-conference game against the University of Buffalo.

Kevin Sears

"The suspension of Kevin Sears is over," Tuberville said. "He will be on the field this week participating for the Auburn Tigers. Tray Blackmon is still on suspension.

"After a five-game suspension he (Sears) has learned his lesson and is ready to go. Now he will contribute--hopefully well. It will be good to have a little bit more experience out there by the time when we get him ready to go."

Another linebacker, redshirt freshman Tray Blackmon, remains suspended. He was arrested in the offseason for underage drinking in his hometown, LaGrange, Ga.

Sears was found guilty of public intoxication, leaving the scene of an accident and in being in control of a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent or more by Auburn municipal court judge Joe Bailey. The charges were the result of a Nov. 6, 2005 incident in Auburn in which his vehicle was involved in a single car accident. Sears was fined $1,589 and is required to attend alcohol abuse classes.

Sears has played in 34 games and has 15 career starts. He has made 40 solo tackles, 30 assists and one interception.

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