Standout Defender To Re-sign With Tigers

This talented junior college defensive end plans to resign with the Auburn Tigers out of Copiah-Lincoln Junior College this year.

Wesson, Miss.--A player who originally signed with the Auburn Tigers out of Louisiana for the 2007 class, talented Wilfred Journet plans to re-sign with the Auburn Tigers after his days at Copiah-Lincoln Junior College in Mississippi are done.

The Louisiana Class 5A Defensive Player of the Year as a senior when he made 145 tackles with 24 sacks and 40 tackles for a loss, he blocked six kicks and also scored three touchdowns on defense.

The 6-2, 250 Journet will have three years to play two when he arrives in Auburn. The plan is for an early enrollment in time for spring practice, but that will depend on his graduation coming before January.

Copiah-Lincoln head coach Glenn Davis says he is hoping for a big fall from Journet. "He had a hip injury that cut his season short last year. He looked good in spring training and we will be counting on him at right defensive end."

He becomes Auburn's seventh commitment for the 2009 class joining fellow juco standout Eltoro Freeman, Harris Gaston and Brandon Heavens from Bessemer Academy, quarterback Raymond Cotton along with defensive ends Terrence Coleman and Jamontay Pilson.

"He is a tough guy who tried to play hurt last season," Davis says.

Davis says the focus for improvement is on Journet's intensity. "Like many players who make the jump from high school to college, he is learning how to go hard on every play, which is important to be successful at this level. You can't afford to take plays off in college."

The coach says he expects to see improvement in that area. He also notes that Journet has made progress academically and is hoping to graduate from Copiah-Lincoln in December and enroll at Auburn in January.

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