Lee and Denson Reunite

Courtney Denson makes a long-awaited return visit to Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday.

Auburn, Ala.--Back in 2003, Patrick Lee competed against Courtney Denson at Auburn practices. As true freshmen and roommates, Denson was the quarterback and Lee was the cornerback.

Fast forward to 2007 and Lee will play against Denson again--this time in a game. And on Saturday it'll be mano y mano--Lee still at corner for Auburn and Denson at receiver for South Florida.

"We still talk every once in a while," Lee says. "Every time I go home I talk to him and we hang out."

Lee went to high school at Christopher Columbus High in Miami and Denson attended Miami Central. They became close friends and roommates at Auburn, but Denson made a difficult decision during two-a-days of 2004. He played quarterback in 2003, carried one time for two yards against Vanderbilt, but was moved to cornerback in preseason camp of 2004. After the position change and several practices on defense, he decided to pursue his dreams at South Florida.

"I went down after that," Lee says. "I was kind of sad that he left because he was my roommate for a couple of years. I kind of knew (Denson would transfer), but it was like 50/50. He was always talking about it, but we never took it seriously. When it came up we were like, ‘Well he meant it.'

"He wanted to play quarterback," he continues, "but he went down there and changed to two (other) positions. He played cornerback and now he's at wide receiver."


Denson is shown in his first Auburn practice in August of 2003.

Denson actually earned the starting role under center for the Bulls in 2005 for the season-opener against Penn State. However, he lost the job just as soon as he won it.

"(If he had to do it again) he probably would have stayed here because he was doing good at cornerback when he was here," Lee notes.

Denson had a pair of catches for 35 yards in the Bulls' 28-13 victory over Elon. Lee will probably play an extensive role for the Tigers on Saturday because of a Jonathan Wilhite bothersome hamstring.

Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. CDT and the game will be televised on ESPN2.


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