It's got to be in the back of Tommy Tuberville's mind. Having lost three of the last four home openers, It's obvious that he wants the team to be more physical at the beginning of the season. Besides the 2004 opening season win over Louisiana-Monroe, Auburn has struggled in their openers against named opponents.
Tuberville seems determined to fix that. Practices have been tougher and more physical this year. As a result, Auburn has seen considerably more injuries in Fall practice this year than in years past. Luckily, none of them have been too serious. But they are starting to add up.
Courtney Taylor has returned to practice but the defense has strict orders to keep their hands off him. David Irons is also back at practice. From talking to some that were at practice yesterday, his hamstring continues to bother him. Don't expect him to be 100% by September 2nd. The good news is that 75% of David Irons is better than 100% of most others. So we should be fine.
Tackle King Dunlap returned to practice Sunday and seems to be OK. Jonathan Wilhite also returned to practice after receiving a scare from a wrist injury. X-rays were done and they were negative.
Two that were held out of practice on Sunday included Will Herring and Merrill Johnson. Herring also continues to fight hamstring problems. Johnson tweaked his ankle but should be ready to go against Washington State.
Despite the risk, I think having a more physical Fall practice is going to pay off for Auburn early in the season.
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