Double Duty: Palmer Plays a Pair of Positions

A feature on Auburn's homecoming victory has comments from Jonathan Palmer and Brandon Cox.

Auburn, Ala.--Jonathan Palmer was smiling after Auburn's homecoming victory after a busy day at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

As he has done before, the senior started the game at tackle and finished it at center.

With starting center Joe Cope not expected back for two weeks at the earliest and Jason Bosley going down with a knee injury vs. Tulane on Saturday, Palmer could be the number one center next week when the Tigers return to SEC action vs. Ole Miss.

"We are trying to get better and I think we are, but it seems like every time we go out there something happens and another guy goes down," Palmer says. "We are trying to get our chemistry together as a unit."

Jonathan Palmer contributed to Auburn's 38-13 victory over Tulane in the first meeting between teams since 1955.

The Tigers played the game with junior Leon Hart filling in for starting guard Timmy Duckworth, who is resting an injured knee. Duckworth, a senior, is expected back for next week's game.

Quarterback Brandon Cox says that Palmer did a good job at center on Saturday and says the transition went smoothly. "I worked with J.P. at the end of last year in games," Cox says. "We've done work in practice with him so it really wasn't a problem."

Cox who wasn't sacked by the Green Wave, says that Hart played well, too. "I think Leon Hart came in and played great for Duck (Tim Duckworth)," the quarterback says. "We ran the ball well and that opened up the passing game and took a lot of pressure off us."

After giving up five sacks last week as a unit, Palmer says the stat sheet with a zero by "sacks allowed" is good to see for his Tigers. "That is definitely a big improvement," the senior says. "The protection was solid and we had to get the running game going so they couldn't go after Brandon like they wanted to so it was a good day for us.

"I think we did a pretty good job of running the ball," Palmer adds. "Coming into the game we knew we had to establish the run. I think we did a good job of controlling the line scrimmage."

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