In 2009 the Auburn linebacker unit was so thin it was a critical point. Many Auburn fans have expressed concerns about this position during the off season. During the spring, linebackers were moved around in what appeared to be an effort to cross train at every position.
With all of this in mind, senior linebacker Craig Stevens gave a lineup of the position as it was during the first fall practice. Some fans are likely to find the layout of the unit intriguing. Coach Ted Roof will be looking to find the best combination before the season opener.
Day 1 Lineup
Weak Side Linebacker
Strong Side Linebacker
This will be an area to keep an eye on during fall practice. It will be interesting to see where the freshmen end up. Harris Gaston backing up Josh Bynes was an interesting development.
Fans can expect this group of freshmen to push and possibly shake up the playing hierarchy this fall.
There seemed to be a lot of speculation that Daren Bates would be pulled up to weak side linebacker. It appears that he will be utilized on the strong side where his nose for the ball will be more useful. This does not appear to be a move aimed at blitzing schemes, but more oriented toward stopping the rushing attack of opponents.
Two other developments that fans might be interested in:
Darvin Adams said he has been working on bulking up and has picked up a few pounds over his listed weight. That would put him in the 190 lbs. range.
Onterio McCalebb said he has picked up nine pounds over his listed weight of 171.