Auburn's LaDarius Owens is back, says Gus Malzahn
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. ¯ Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said he wanted to make this week feel like a game week, and then backed it up.
Malzahn ordered up a Tuesday practice "similar to an in-season Tuesday practice," though the Tigers are still a week-and-a-half week away from the season-opener against Arkansas.
"We're slowly starting to put in our game plan for our first opponent, but we’re still focusing on basic fundamentals," Malzahn said.
It was a good practice day because defensive end LaDarius Owens returned. He had been out with an infection.
"I thought our attitude was real good. I didn’t see any lackadaisical stuff or anything like that. That was encouraging," Malzahn said.
Malzahn said his depth chart won't be revealed until next week, but there are some freshmen who may make it. No, Malzahn didn't say who.
"There are some guys, especially the freshmen, you learn about them as they go. I think there will be quite a few that have a chance to help us this year," Malzahn said.
Walk-on H-back Patrick Young is out with a knee injury, a tough blow for a player who helped for three seasons.
"A guy that’s really been phenomenal for our program and was finally in a spot where he was going to get a chance to help us," Malzahn said. "It’s kind of one of those tough deals.
"He’s battled through, we’re very proud of him and he’s still going to be a big part of what we’re doing. He’s been on the scout team for three years, then he gets to be a senior — it’s pretty tough. We’re definitely thinking about him."
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine