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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Auburn's Eddins finally gets chance to start

I wrote a story for today's newspaper about RG Bart Eddins. Here's how it starts:

AUBURN, Ala. — Bart Eddins knows a surefire way to get a laugh every time he leaves the Auburn athletic complex.

The longtime backup Tigers offensive lineman will pause as he makes his exit, pop his head into a room full of reporters waiting to do interviews and, despite not being requested, give an amusing excuse for not being able to answer any questions.

“I’m sorry guys, I don’t have time for any interviews today,” he’s said on more than one occasion, drawing guaranteed guffaws from the gallery. He usually follows it up with some sort of urgent homework emergency: “I’m a student and an athlete.”

After starting at right guard in place of a suspended Byron Isom and holding his own last Saturday at Tennessee, the affable Eddins finally gave reporters a serious reason to talk to him.

It was the first career start for the 6-foot-4, 297-pound Eddins, a fourth-year junior who got the nod as Isom’s replacement over freshman John Sullen, who had started the previous game.

Eddins fit in nicely on a starting five that cleared the way for Auburn to run for 224 yards against a Volunteers front seven that is highly-regarded in SEC circles.

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