Updates On Injured Football Tigers

A report on a variety of Auburn football players is featured.

Auburn, Ala.--Coach Tommy Tuberville says he isn't certain if quarterback Chris Todd will be ready to participate in Auburn's second scrimmage of spring training that is scheduled for Saturday, but another key offensive player is definitely out of action.

Todd, a junior transfer from Hutchinson, Kan., Community College, did not participate in Auburn's scrimmage last Saturday due to a sore shoulder. Sophomore Kodi Burns worked with the first offense while redshirt sophomore Neil Caudle was the next QB to see action followed by DeRon Furr, the early high school graduate who joined the team in January.

The Tigers are scheduled to have five quarterbacks for the 2008 season including signee Barrett Trotter, who will report to campus in June. Trotter attended Saturday's scrimmage as a spectator.

Mario Fannin, who is working as a running back and receiver, dislocated his shoulder in the first scrimmage and he will not scrimmage this week. "Mario might be able to practice some, but he won't have any more contact this spring," Tuberville tells Inside the Auburn Tigers.

Mario Fannin is expected to be a key player for the Auburn offense this season.

"With Chris, it is like a baseball pitcher who needs to rest his arm," the Auburn coach says. "He is going to be on a pitch count until he is back to full speed. We aren't sure yet if he will throw the ball in this week's scrimmage."

At last Saturday's scrimmage, Todd helped Furr with his play assignments, but didn't take any snaps. At Sunday's practice Todd saw some limited action at quarterback, but only on running plays. Todd threw the first week of practice, but offensive coordinator and QB coach Tony Franklin noted that the junior wasn't throwing the ball with as much speed as normal.

Tuberville says that defensive end Antonio Coleman, who suffered a cervical sprain in the first scrimmage, is doing fine and should be able to practice later this spring. However, another injured Tiger, wide receiver Tim Hawthorne, had to have surgery to repair a broken bone in his arm and will be out of action the rest of spring.

Tailback Tristan Davis could be back in action for scrimmage two. He missed the first one with a bruise to his foot.

Another tailback, Ben Tate, missed the first scrimmage with a hamstring problem and it is still to be determined if he will be ready for action this week. The same is the case with receiver Chris Slaughter, who strained a hamstring last Friday and did not participate in the scrimmage.

Chris Slaughter catches a pass during a spring training drill.

The Tigers, who were originally scheduled to practice on Tuesday morning, postponed the workout until Thursday at 7 a.m. because of bad weather forecast for the Auburn area. That call turned out to be a good one as a storm front with lightning came through Auburn during the time practice was scheduled. It would have prevented the team from practicing outdoors.

The Tigers have six of their 15 spring practices in the books. In addition to Thursday's practice and the 10 a.m. scrimmage at Jordan-Hare Stadium set for Saturday, the Tigers have a 4 p.m. practice scheduled on Friday.

Auburn is scheduled to play its annual spring football game on Saturday, March 29th at 1 p.m.


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