Talented Young Tiger Questionable for Game 4

An Auburn football report is featured as the Tigers prepare to play the Buffalo Bulls.

Auburn, Ala.--Craig Stevens, who has played a role in Auburn's 3-0 start, is questionable for Saturday's football contest vs. the University of Buffalo Bulls.

The true freshman has played in all three games. He has helped fill the void left when two potential starters, Kevin Sears and Tray Blackmon, were suspended in the preseason. Compounding the depth problems at linebacker was a preseason injury and surgery for Steve Gandy.

With Gandy back this week along with Sears, now Stevens is questionable for game four.

"I am not sure if I am going to play this week," Stevens tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I aggravated my hamstring a little bit in the game last Saturday. They might sit me out."

Through three games he has three solo tackles and two assists. They all came in game two vs. Mississippi State when he saw his most extensive playing time. "I feel like I have been doing pretty good," he says. "Whenever I get a chance to go in I feel good about myself."

The freshman saw plenty of action in Auburn's 34-0 win at Mississippi State.

Preseason All-SEC linebacker Will Herring says he has been extremely impressed with the rookie. "He has been unbelievable," the senior says. "Probably the most impressive thing to me is how intelligent he is.

"This is a very complex defense," Herring notes. "It has been just a load for myself to take in and I have been at the college level for going on five years now. He is just coming out of high school and the way he has taken on everything so fast has been unbelievable to me."

Stevens says that two major differences have been readily apparent while making the adjustment this year to college football after playing at Lincoln High in Tallahassee, Fla., last year. "The big things I have learned are is that the game is more physical in the SEC and you definitely have to play faster," he points out. "You have to be more physical than the other team in the SEC to win."

Stevens says he enjoyed playing in and watching Auburn's 7-3 victory over LSU last week. "It was a fun game," he says. "It was tight so the whole game was riding on the defense. It was my first big game at Auburn to play in or even to see and it was really exciting to me. I played a couple of series and it felt good to be out there playing against LSU."

The Tigers will have their second non-conference game this week with a 1:30 p.m. kickoff at Jordan-Hare Stadium in their first ever test vs. Buffalo of the Mid-American Conference.

Tiger Ticket Extra: Stevens says he figured college quarterbacks would be bigger than the ones he tackled in high school, but he notes that he wasn't expecting what he saw last Saturday when LSU's JaMarcus Russell took the field. "I knew JaMarcus Russell was big, but getting out there on the field with him was crazy. He looked like he weighs at least 280."


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