AU Commitment Enjoying All-Star Experience

A report features Auburn commitment Reggie Hunt and other news from practice for the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game.

Mobile, Ala.--Auburn verbal commitment Reggie Hunt says his team has work to do to get ready for Monday night's Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Football Game, however, the running back from Daphne High School is optimistic his team will be ready for action by kickoff.

"Everything is going good," Hunt told Inside the Auburn Tigers after his team's second practice on Friday and fourth practice this week. "Everybody has started to learn the plays and everybody is getting to know each other."

The early commitment to Tommy Tuberville's Tigers says he is as firm as ever with his pledge to play at Auburn and is looking forward to being a part of the 2008 AU team.

This year's contest will kick off at 7 p.m. on Monday at Mobile's Ladd-Peebles Stadium. This game, which has been dominated by Alabama over the years, has been played in June, however, the game was moved to December in hopes of attracting a higher percentage of top players and also having players in better football shape.

Hunt says as far as he can tell the talent level is very high on the Alabama All-Star squad and the team will be ready to perform well, but he admits there is still work to do at the two practices scheduled on Saturday.

"We need to come together as a team quickly to get get ready for the Mississippi team," he says. "We still have work to do to get everything down pat."

Commenting on what he expects from himself in the game, he says, "I am just looking to go out there and perform like I know I can do. I am not worried about my offensive line. I know they are going to go out there and do a good job. I really believe everybody is going to play good football."

Hunt suffered a dreaded high ankle sprain early in the season and played through the problem. He notes that he isn't all the way back yet. "I have never been 100 percent this year, but I try to never show it," he says.

In some of the previous all-star games there has been some smack talk between the two teams. Hunt says he hasn't seen any of that this year. "I haven't talked to any of the Mississippi guys yet," he says. "I am just trying to get to know all of the guys on our team."

Hunt had one of the most impressive plays in the 11 on 11 work on Friday. He made several tacklers miss on a toss sweep at right end and turned a short yardage play into a 45-yard gain. "If you ever get him on the edge you have got to catch," Alabama head coach Jackie O'Neal said.

Hunt gets some advice from his head coach, Jackie O'Neal, who was a star running back at Reeltown High, where he serves as head coach of the Rebels.

"He has come a long way since day one on his inside reads on making good cuts and good reads out of the "I" formation," O'Neal said. "I don't think he did a lot of inside running at Daphne. A lot of it was off tackle and outside on sweeps. I think he has the opportunity to have a bright future at Auburn."

All-Star Notes: Players who looked impressive at Friday's practice include Courtney Upshaw, a defensive end from Eufaula High School, who is actually playing tight end this week. Upshaw says he may get to play both ways in the all-star game...Big Antoine McClain, the highly recruited offensive tackle from Anniston, looks like he will the standout prospect on the Alabama offensive line...Jomarcus Savage, from J.O. Johnson High in Huntsville, was the obvious standout on the defensive front for the Alabama team. Savage and McClain are still uncommitted. Upshaw committed early to Alabama, but may take additional visits...According to media members who have checked out the Mississippi practices, wide receiver DeAndre Brown has been the most impressive player on that team.

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