Auburn Football 2010: Tidbits From the First Day of Practice

Kevin McGradySenior Writer IAugust 5, 2010

TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 29:  Quarterback John Parker Wilson #14 of the Alabama Crimson Tide escapes a sack attempt by linebacker Josh  Bynes #17 of the Auburn Tigers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 29, 2008 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Alabama defeated Auburn 36-0.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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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

Craig Stevens

ElToro Freeman

Jonathan Evans

Ladarius Owens


Middle Linebacker

Josh Bynes

Harris Gaston

Jake Holland


Strong Side Linebacker

Daren Bates

Jonathan Evans

Jessel Curry

Jawara White


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.