August 11, 2008

Veteran DB's have faith in freshmen

Auburn's veteran cornerbacks -- all three of them -- knew they would have to depend on a true freshman or two to help out this season.

But after one of the trio, junior Aairon Savage, went down with a season-ending knee injury last week, the need for true freshmen contributions got kicked up a notch.

Auburn's two healthy veterans -- juniors Jerraud Powers and Walter McFadden -- have a lot of confidence in the young group that includes Neiko Thorpe, D'Antoine Hood and Harry Adams.

"I feel confident, because our younger guys are proving themselves every day," said Powers. "You see Neiko and D. Hood and all those guys out there. They're making plays on the ball as if they're with the first team."

"They are a special class," said McFadden. "When it's their time to be juniors and seniors, they're going to be special."

Thorpe and Hood both worked with the second-team Monday while Adams missed practice as he recovered from an unspecified chest injury. Head coach Tommy Tuberville said Adams should return to practice soon, perhaps as early as Monday afternoon.

While all three of the freshmen corners still have a lot of work to do in terms of becoming complete players, Tuberville likes their potential and thinks they can step in right away and make plays.

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