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Saturday, October 11, 2008

Live from Jordan-Hare -- Updated 3:38 p.m.

It's less than 2 hours until kickoff and I'm here in the press box. A little windy out today. Makes you wonder what that's going to do to the passing game, that is if you believe Auburn is going to pass the ball much.

I find it funny that according to the poll to the right, more people think the Tigers will come out in the Wing T than the "Tony Franklin System today. I'm sure they're joking, but it pretty well shows the disdain people have for Franklin around here.

The players aren't in pads yet. They're just kind of milling around. I'll let you know more once some guys get out here.

I'm going to try to give updates throughout the game. I've got a little bit more freedom this week because of a more favorable deadline, so be sure to check back in all afternoon.

UPDATE (3:18 p.m.): For what it's worth, Kodi Burns is taking snaps from starting center Ryan Pugh during warmups. He's also taking the first turn whenever the quarterbacks do a drill. I think that's a pretty good sign that he'll be the starter.

UPDATE (3:25): Burns and Chris Todd are officially listed as a "gametime decision" in the pregame handout supplied by the Auburn sports information staff.

Other things of note:
  • Brad Lester will start at running back, although I still can't see him getting more carries than Ben Tate.
  • Tim Hawthorne will start at wide receiver for Robert Dunn (ankle). Haven't seen Dunn in uniform yet, but not all the players are on the field.
  • Josh Bynes will start at middle linebacker again for Tray Blackmon (wrist). I feel like this will be the case for a while. Bynes is simply playing too well to warrant an injured Blackmon taking that spot back.
  • Neiko Thorpe will start at cornerback for Jerraud Powers (hamstring), who from all indications this week won't play today.
UPDATE (3:29 p.m.): Dunn is dressed. No word on if that means he'll play. Powers is in street clothes.

Sen'Derrick Marks (ankle) looks like he's moving fine during warmups.

UPDATE (3:38 p.m.): Burns is taking snaps with the entire first team. Auburn still won't come out and say it. During the pre-game introductions, the announcer said it will be Todd or Burns. Burns got a louder round of applause.

Also, Wes Byrum doinked an extra-point length field goal off the upright just before the team huddled up and went to the locker room. Not a good sign.

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