Danny Lindsey, a true sophomore, won praise from head coach Tommy Tuberville and was named the coaching staff's offensive player of the week for his performance in a 56-0 victory over Western Carolina. Lindsey, who started the opener at weakside guard, moved to the center spot with Ben Nowland held out of action while recovering from a twisted ankle.
Dante Booker didn't start at defensive tackle, but nobody played better on the defensive front than the senior who transferred to Auburn in August of 2001 after a season of football at Montgomery Junior College in Maryland.
Lindsey played 36 snaps against the Catamounts at center after going 62 at weakside guard in the opener in Los Angeles vs. Southern California. Booker was credited with a personal high six tackles last Saturday.
Defensive line coach Don Dunn has praise for Booker, who like Lindsey is one of the physically strongest players on the team. "He had almost 40 snaps and caused a fumble and played his best game technique-wise," Dunn says. "Dante showed good effort throughout the game.
"Overall, I thought the tackles did a good job," Dunn says. "I thought (redshirt freshman) Wayne Dickens did a good job, especially against the double-team. It was an unusual offense they were using, the spread offense with no huddle. They came out with some crazy stuff, but we got lined up pretty good. The kids paid attention and stay focused getting ready during a really short week under unusual circumstances. I thought they did a real nice job."
Offensive line coach Hugh Nall says, "Danny did really well. He missed a couple of checks. I wish he hadn't done that, but overall he played really well and graded 97 percent in his effort, which was exceptional. I thought he did a great job of stepping in and being the leader up front in Ben's absence, especially with some freshmen right by him. He had to help take care of that situation. I think, overall, he did a really good job."
True freshman Troy Reddick filled in at Lindsey's guard spot and also won praise from Nall. "Troy did really well," Nall says. "He made some mistakes and did some things fundamentally that need to get better, but overall he was really good. I was proud of him. He has a really bright future. His pads were too high and his footwork is not where it needs to be, but I liked his effort."
Booker, Lindsey and Reddick will be back in action for game three, the Southeastern Conference opener, when Vanderbilt visits Jordan-Hare Stadium. Kickoff will be shortly after 11:30 a.m. on Saturday for a game that will be televised regionally by Jefferson-Pilot.