Auburn Football: Why Linebacker Will Be a Secret Strength for the Tigers

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Auburn Football: Why Linebacker Will Be a Secret Strength for the Tigers
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The Auburn Tigers head into the 2012 season with enough talent to be serious contenders in the SEC West, but there are some major questions as the season begins at key positions which keep the preseason confetti throwers away. The linebacker position is one of those major points of focus. 

The Auburn Tigers have a secret—the linebacker position will be a strength for the Tigers in 2012. 

There were some serious tackling and production issues that occurred early last season in the middle, but numerous scenarios attributed to the problems for the Tigers. Auburn had to play a host of true freshmen and cross-trained others to fill gaps due to injury. 

This fall, the Tigers still lack ideal depth in the middle of the defense, but the overall talent and scheme that will be employed will make a major difference in how the 2012 Tigers linebacking corps is viewed by season's end.  

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