Auburn, Ala.--Auburn will open preseason football camp without the services of projected starting center Jason Bosley on Thursday because of what AU's coach says is a strained pectoral muscle that will keep him out of action for the first three or four days.
Coach Tommy Tuberville said on Wednesday that Bosley should be fine to begin practicing as early as this weekend, but notes that the coach staff is taking no chances and giving him a few extra days to heal.
Without Bosley on the field to open camp the Tigers will look at several different players at the center position with redshirt freshman Mike Berry the likely number one guy until Bosley's return. Also expected to get a look is senior guard Leon Hart, who worked some as an emergency center in the spring.
Another player that could get a look at center is redshirt freshman Bart Eddins. A defensive linemen coming into Auburn last fall, Eddins moved to offensive line in the spring and worked some on snapping the football during the 15 practice days.
The big beneficiary of Bosley's absence could be true freshman Ryan Pugh. One of the top center prospects in the country last year, Pugh will get a chance to get more reps and accelerate his learning process in the offense.