Auburn Football Practice Notes

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*Defensive coordinator Will Muschamp said on Thursday after practice that Brent Slusher's wrist is still bothering him and that has put the freshman linebacker behind schedule. Slusher could play on Saturday night, but it would most likely be on special teams, the coach noted.

*Muschamp said the plan is to play reserves early and often on what is expected to be a hot and humid night at Jordan-Hare Stadium when the Tigers face Kansas State. Among the Tigers who will play on defense are true freshman safety Michael McNeil, true freshman defensive end Antoine Carter and true freshman linebacker Bo Harris. Muschamp expressed confidence that each of those players is ready to handle the pressure of playing on national TV vs. the Wildcats.

Will Muschamp is shown at Saturday's practice.

*Leon Hart's ankle injury has improved and he has a chance to play as a reserve on opening night, according to offensive line coach Hugh Nall. The senior plays right guard for the Tigers and is a backup at center.

*Nall said that true freshman Lee Ziemba will definitely start at right tackle. There is a good chance that his backup, Antwoin Daniels, will play, too. Daniels could see action at guard.

*Nall said his current plan is to redshirt all of the true freshman offensive lineman other than Ziemba. Mike Berry, who is playing guard, looks like he will be the second center in the game behind starter Jason Bosley.

*Starting slot receiver Robert Dunn knows multiple positions and could line up some outside with Montez Billings still recovering from a hamstring. Billings may be available, but if he is it is not likely he will play much. Dunn's backups at slot are Tim Hawthorne/Terrell Zachery.

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