Auburn Linebacker Cleared for Game Action

The Tigers will get another linebacker in the mix with Tray Blackmon cleared for game action.

Auburn, Ala.--Redshirt freshman linebacker Tray Blackmon has been cleared to play for the Auburn football team starting with his team's home game on Saturday vs. the Florida Gators.

"Tray Blackmon will play this week," says Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville. "He'll be back ready to go and playing at willie (weakside) linebacker. We might move some people around to make some adjustments there."

Blackmon, who finished spring training first team on the depth chart at weakside linebacker, missed Auburn's first six games due to a suspension from head coach Tommy Tuberville.

Tuberville says that Blackmon will have to earn his spot back during practice this week.

"He's been practicing all year long and been doing everything else everybody is doing," Tuberville notes. "He's in good shape. What we'll do is look at the practice. We always practice two groups and we'll always play the best one. I don't know whether he is ready to go or not. We'll give him the opportunity to see what he can do in practice."

Blackmon was arrested in his hometown of LaGrange, Ga., last May and charged with public intoxication and underage possession of alcohol.

Tuberville didn't find out about the incident until it was reported by a Georgia newspaper. He suspended Blackmon this summer, but the linebacker has participated in all of Auburn's practices.

Blackmon is known as a physical player with lots of quickness.

With Blackmon out of action, senior Karibi Dede moved from middle linebacker to the weakside linebacker spot and sophomore Steve Gandy moved from safety to weakside linebacker.

Blackmon was Georgia defensive player of the year as a senior at LaGrange High and was rated as the number one linebacker prospect nationally by Scout.com.

Auburn, which fell to 10 and 11 in the major polls this week, will take on Florida at 6:45 p.m. on Saturday. The Gators, 6-0, are ranked No. 2 and No. 3 this week.



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