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Injury update

Here are the injuries I know about:


  • DT Sen'Derrick Marks: ankle (day to day)
  • DT Tez Doolittle: groin (day to day)
  • DE Michael Goggans: ankle (day to day)
  • DE Antonio Coleman: both ankles (day to day)
  • DT Mike Blanc: left hand (to be determined)
  • SLB Craig Stevens: left hamstring, turf toe (playing through it)
  • MLB Tray Blackmon: broken right wrist (out for season)
  • MLB Josh Bynes: "deep thigh bruise" (day to day(
  • WLB Merrill Johnson: hamstring (day to day)
  • CB Aairon Savage: right knee (out for season)
  • CB Walt McFadden: left knee and ankle (day to day)
  • CB Jerraud Powers: hamstring (out for at least one more week)
  • CB Neiko Thorpe: ankle (out for at least one more week)


Blogger Bfoster18 said...

Paul Rhoades said last night losing Savage really hurt him this year. He said Savage was going to be his play caller. That was reason #1 that he was going to play in front of McFadden.

4:08 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

That is a pretty incredible list and a good indication of why the defense is now having issues.

4:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, 9 would-be starters are hurt, if I counted right. That's rarely a good thing.

4:12 PM  
Blogger Bfoster18 said...

And most of them healthy for the first time vs Bama. Might be a game.

4:14 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I forgot about Walt.

4:20 PM  
Blogger Bfoster18 said...

I thought for sure Walt was down and done yesterday. That Ole Miss guy went after his knees. There were two illegal blocks by Ole Miss on that play. The one on Walt that wasn't called was flagrant.

4:26 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

RE that list: wow, just wow...

4:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Man, that's telling.

4:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do we have bad trainers or conditioning?

4:37 PM  
Blogger schley said...

Seems when things are not going well the injury list gets longer & longer. Injuries will surely contribute to poor results, we just never hear about them in good times.

Do more injuries = losses or
losses = more injuries

I think its some of both...

4:40 PM  
Blogger Bfoster18 said...

Snake bit. Plain and simple. No other way to explain it. The pressure's always on the QB this year.

4:41 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Also added Josh Bynes, who allegedly has a "deep thigh bruise." That was Tuberville's assessment.

4:43 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I just realized this could almost be a list of the starting lineup on defense.

4:57 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Cash money says Texas Tech ranks second in the BCS rankings (by a realllllly small margin) when they drop later today.

Just sayin'.

4:57 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

nice Band-aid for the owies

4:58 PM  
Blogger wartiger said...

sigh..that's all I can a supposed to be win next week..I can't even where my AU shirts without getting razzed...Will we get better? I saw some improvement against WV but nothing agianst ole miss..I stand by Kodi..I stand by CTT..Kodi is the future.CTT deserves another year..UGA and BAMA to come..stay true HOTTIES..WAR EAGLE

5:14 PM  
Blogger Eddie McCoy said...

Are we holding a campfire tonight? I know it was mentioned earlier. Just curious.

5:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm glad Slaughter caught those passes. Just b/c he caught passes doesn't mean he did a good job or is a go to guy. He still catches the ball in his bread basket with alligator arms. He still doesn't aggressively come back to and fight for the ball like Rod Smith does(watched the game film before church this am).

I'm glad CTT called it like it is.....role player. If he will commit to getting some Courtney Taylor film and learn, then he can be better. He will still only run a 4.6 or 4.7 40, but he will then be someone you can "go to".

5:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The injury list was bad before this game and of course it affects play. This is as bad as I can remember. Note to fans: Broken bones, rolled ankles and injuries from clips, etc. aren't a conditioning problem. The lick that AC took on the side of his helmet wasn't a conditioning problem. Muscle pulls...maybe so.

I am surprised and glad to see that Kodi is not running the ball nearly as muchas I had predicted. My guess was that he would get hurt b/c of excessive running.

5:44 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hoopie, you make a very good point. Over the last few years I have seen way too many interceptions that could have been avoided if the receiver was agressive.

5:46 PM  
Blogger Eddie McCoy said...

I think some coaches need to go visit Texas Tech and how they coach WR's how to run routes and catch. I don't think I saw a TT WR catch a ball in the breadbasket. The seemed to all catch it in their hands.

5:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There were outstanding catches by many WR's lastnight by TT. It was fun to watch.

5:51 PM  
Blogger JD said...

wow that injury list is pretty long. what's the status of having a campfire tonight?

5:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Haven't heard anything further about a campfire.

5:56 PM  
Blogger Eddie McCoy said...

I heard that due to all the injuries, there may not be enough people to collect wood and start a fire for a campfire :).

5:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A UGA fan came up to me after church today lamenting that maybe it was time for Richt to go b/c he can't beat Fla regularly. Of course she will openly admit that although she has a strong opinion on the matter, she doesn't know football very well. I laughlingly suggested that she was a perfect candidate to post her opinions/musings in strong declarative statements anonymously on the internet blogs. Her husband, a close friend and co-host of our annual AU-UGA game pig roast was ready to smack me b/c she was intrigued with the idea.

Ah...the power of the written word.

5:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Richt to AU

6:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

See if it takes.

6:02 PM  
Blogger Jeremy Eubanks said...

Without reading through the 500+comments I missed, what's the Tubs percentage at after this week? Are we nearing 85% (surely, more than that is just speculation :-) )?

6:02 PM  
Blogger wartiger said...

I just don't know man...i just don't know....

6:02 PM  
Blogger Eddie McCoy said...

Peter- Jay says 80% with his Tony Franklin Gut Feeling.

6:03 PM  
Blogger wartiger said...


6:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

80% was the last gut check correct

6:04 PM  
Blogger Eddie McCoy said...

wartiger- no reason to be down. Its was a nice day outside today. This year, I'm finding out what great things there are to do on Saturday's that I never knew or cared to know about.

6:05 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Actually, Hoopie, conditioning reduces the chance of injuries other than just "pulled muscles". Proper conditioning creates stronger connective tissues, increases bones density and increases flexibility. All of which makes a player less susceptible to breaks and fractures AND "pulled muscles".

Just saying.

6:05 PM  
Blogger Eddie McCoy said...

I dare someone to argue with Monica. I double dog dare ya!!! :)

6:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Monica throwing out conditioning on the table. Do I hear a second?

6:07 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Peter!!! Congrats on your Ring of Fire induction.

6:08 PM  
Blogger Jeremy Eubanks said...

This comment has been removed by the author.

6:09 PM  
Blogger Jeremy Eubanks said...

thanks Mon. I'm honored.

6:09 PM  
Blogger JD said...

hey all the facebook group looks cool

6:10 PM  
Blogger Jeremy Eubanks said...

sand pit running: coming soon to an Auburn workout near you.

6:10 PM  
Blogger Eddie McCoy said...

I like it Peter along with catching Tennis balls.

6:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agreed on the sandpit. Kristina I think did the Facebook page.

6:12 PM  
Blogger JD said...

Top Notch! Top Notch!

6:14 PM  
Blogger Jeremy Eubanks said...

I really want to see flaming tennis balls caught with clunky firefighter approved Kevlar gloves.

6:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Richt's teams play smart schemes, but aren't typically as tuff in the trenches and normally have more injuries than we do. They have averaged losing 2-3 OL each of the past 4 seasons. Not sure Richt would last very long with some of the AU fans.

UGA is a lot easier place to recruit to than AU. Not sure Richt could recruit to AU as well as UGA.

6:16 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Kevlar gloves are for wimps.

6:16 PM  
Blogger scottatl said...

Anyone getting ready to watch the Simpsons?...treehouse of horror 19!!!!!!!!!!

6:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hoopie - Good points. Monica is a tuff cookie tonite. No gloves, crappy conditioning.

6:19 PM  
Blogger Eddie McCoy said...

Hoopie- I agree with your statements about Mark Richt. I still don't believe he commits to running the football and I definetly think him being at Georgia makes his job a lot easier than it would be for him at Auburn.

6:19 PM  
Blogger Eddie McCoy said...

I am Scott. Always one of my favorite episodes.

6:19 PM  
Blogger scottatl said...


Just hope Mr. Burns makes an appearance!!

6:21 PM  
Blogger Eddie McCoy said...

Agreed Scott. Mr. Burns is one of my favorites.

6:22 PM  
Blogger Eddie McCoy said...

But I do like the Duff Beer Man.

6:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK, Mon..take a good look at T Blackmon and tell me how his lack of muscle caused the broken wrist bone.

Actually a better idea would be for you help me out and ID the injuries that were caused by a lack of conditioning. Please name the player and the play and how the lack of conditioning caused such. I've been watching for this most of the year b/c folks complain and I can't seem to find examples.

6:23 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

When I grow up I want to open a HIT Center in Birmingham.

The virtual tour on this link was made at the HIT Center here in Huntington. Home of the franchise and the one where I used to go. They are great! Working out with guys getting ready for combines is a bonus. hee hee


6:23 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

With regard to the injuries, tired players are more likely to get injured. I think that has a lot to do with the defensive MASH unit we have now.

As for receivers learning to catch with their hands rather than their body, I suggest egg toss contests at the next practice. The ones that catch with their bodies will be pretty obvious.

6:28 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Hoopie, my comment was targeted at your over generalization when you said, "Note to fans: Broken bones, rolled ankles and injuries from clips, etc. aren't a conditioning problem." I did not say poor conditioning is the cause of EVERY injury. That would be a silly generalization on my part.

However, if you want to send the conditioning logs and x-rays of the aforementioned players I'll do my best to help you out.

6:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didn't say "EVERY" let's don't play the generalization card or w'll be here all night. The subject started with someoune (as usual) questioning if the AU rash of injuries were caused by a lack of conditioning. I tried to explain simply and without dissertation and a host of qualifications.

If you don't think that the AU injuries are caused by poor conditioning, then no need to discuss further. If you do, then please list some of them. You have watched the games like all of us. No need to see x-rays. Game film is much more revealing.

6:40 PM  
Blogger scottatl said...

Its not the conditioning, even though we arent good, we are still physical

6:41 PM  
Blogger Eddie McCoy said...

I say we make the players drink more milk. That will solve some of injury problems.

6:44 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

You can't simply look at the injury and know if conditioning was a factor without knowing that players conditioning. By the way, if game film is enough you could sure help save on team medical costs by not bothering with those pesky x-rays, mri's and other scans.

6:44 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

I didn't say our problem was conditioning. What I did way was that Hoopie's "Note to fans" was wrong.

6:46 PM  
Blogger scottatl said...

The NFL has the greatest conditioned athletes on earth. Check out their injury lists week to week. Very long lists.

6:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AU "generally" plays very aggressive football. The UGA fans I know expect more injuries when playing AU and LSU. That street runs both ways. The lick that AC took to the side of the helmet wouldn't have happened if he had not been flying to the tackle. He was hit by another AU player as they both got to the runner just as the runner was pulled down.

6:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I asked the question about conditioning to get others opinions. Which I got, thanks.

6:55 PM  
Blogger scottatl said...


This aint the hottest blog on the net for nothing!

6:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Burning!! Tex Tech is #2 in the BCS.

6:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A Miami Dolphins RB has stated that the conditioning/play at AU prepared him as well as possible to play in the NFL.

Rather than look at conditioning logs now, lets just ask any AU fans to not speculate about lack of conditioning unless they have the evidence that Monica has outlined. I think that Coach Yox has earned the privilege of not being subjected to random uninformed, speculation.

6:59 PM  
Blogger Eddie McCoy said...

Penn State is the Auburn in the Big 10 to me. They get a little bit more respect, but they seem to have Auburn's luck.

6:59 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I don't know about a campfire.

I've still got a video to produce and two items for the "print product," so ... you make the call.

6:59 PM  
Blogger Eddie McCoy said...

I can go either way on the campfire. If your busy Jay, lets not then.

7:01 PM  
Blogger scottatl said...


Take the night off, you deserve it, that drive to/from oxford is not fun.

7:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A campfire at this point might be more like a lynch meeting.

7:02 PM  
Blogger Eddie McCoy said...

I believe you may be right Mr. Sensible. I think things have definitely changed among the fan base on how they view Tubs. I also believe his statements just seem way out there.

7:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hoopie - I was just asking the question. Not speculating about anything. Now I ask this since you stated your comment in the fashion that you did.

Has CTT not earned the same previlage?

7:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, and I agree about holding off on the campfire.

7:06 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

I hate to make the comparison, but AU of 08 is playing out like Bama of 03. Tremendous number of injuries and a losing season.

Obviously that is pessimistic, so let me say, I think we can come around and beat UGA. They are not very good in some cases. We have to get our starters back.

7:08 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Gosh, Hoopie, I guess I'll say it again for you.

While I'm sure poor Coach Yox appreciates you policing the Net in an effort to protect him from "random uninformed, speculation" (which I realize is very rare on internet blogs)... I'll repeat I was pointing out YOUR error, not his.

7:08 PM  
Blogger Mark said...


When he shopped around for a job last year, he lost that privilege.

7:09 PM  
Blogger Eddie McCoy said...

Everyone have a good night. I'm checking out and relaxing this evening.

7:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mark - I can see your point.

7:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cya Eddie.

7:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

TT beat the #1 team, but remember this was Texas' 4th top ten team in a row. My guess is that if both teams are rested, Texas would beat TT. So Penn St. has an off week and slips in the rankings..huh. I couldn't find the rankings on the ESPN site, where did the computers have TT compared to Penn St?

I would probably have Penn St as #2. TT has only played one tuff opponent other than Texas. If TT wins the next 2 games(OK and OK St.), then maybe they should be #2. comes more logic: If TT doesn't win the next 2 games, then Penn St will be #2 anyway....sooooo does it really matter?

7:14 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Yeah, me too, Eddie. Going to check out the Colts and Pats.

Later and WDE all

7:15 PM  
Blogger ron mexico said...

Injuries suck... i am going to tell myself we are getting all of our bad luck out of the way.

7:16 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I just wanna say ...

Facebook is the shizz. Wow.

7:18 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

We'll do a campfire before long ... you can BOOK IT.

7:19 PM  
Blogger Denny Crum said...

Let's look at my season in the 80s,
80 national championship
81 made tourney after starting the season 2-7
82 final four
83 final four
84 not so good 24-11 but sweet sixteen ( I think Lebo would take that)
85 19-18 (key injuries to Milt Wagner (season ending), Jeff Hall, and Billy Thompson), but went to NIT final four.

86 National Championship.

Point is that injuries have the most to do with anything.

You want to know why the defense is struggling, look at the injury report.

CTT has earned some slack given his way this season.

Granted he did burn a ton of goodwill last year. That I am afraid is getting him now.

7:21 PM  
Blogger Denny Crum said...

I figure if Bobby Knight can go on Game day. I participate right here.

7:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mon...I will probably generalize in the future just to reduce the length of my already long posts.

AU-04....I do actually think that CTT has earned that right, but defending him right now is swimming against too much current. Too many folks are enjoying that feeding frenzy.

7:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hoopie - Like feeding Piranha's

7:34 PM  
Blogger ron mexico said...

Going into the season, while we were exiled from by the advertiser (the chillier days of the HABOTN), I told jay who i thought the most irreplaceable (who we had to have play well and not get hurt) players on our team were and I asked who he thought. Our lists were pretty much the same but we'll go with his.

1. Lee Ziemba
2. Jerraud Powers
3. Sen'Derick Marks
4. Jason Bosley
5. Wes Byrum

(I had etheridge instead of byrum)

Not one of those players have played up to their standards for injury reasons or just poor preformance reasons.

So coaching is by no means good these days but it's not the only problems we are having.

7:34 PM  
Blogger Kris said...

If Jay G. is down with the facebook, I guess I'm gonna have to play too. I need instructions though peeps and potentially a couch to sleep on....I went from using a computer never to 24-7. Getting a lot of flack from the better half if you know what I mean. Oh well...better to ask for forgiveness than for permission I suppose.

7:35 PM  
Blogger ron mexico said...

I hope I get a trivia question regarding denny crum one of these days. I feel quite knowledgable about the man these days.

7:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Never nervous Pervis. That is all I have from '86

7:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

kris -, make a profile then search for HABOTN. Request to be added. I am in Baltimore and so is my couch.

7:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


This is from frequent Gridiron Breakdown guest Will Shelton of Southeastern Sports Blog about Tennessee's Eric Berry. I thought it was fun and wanted to pass it along.

Eric Berry could intercept a nuclear missile and other thoughts, with apologies to Chuck Norris and Jack Bauer, in their appropriate football context in an attempt to brighten the dark times.

- 1/4 of earth is covered by land. Everything else is covered by Eric Berry

- Eric Berry is suing MySpace for infringing on what he calls everything around him.

- There is no "ctrl" button on Eric Berry's computer, because Eric Berry is always in control.

- For every action there is an equal an opposite reaction. Except a hit by Eric Berry, for which there is no equal.

- There are no Eric Berry jokes. Only Eric Berry truths.

7:55 PM  
Blogger ron mexico said...

Eric Berry is a bad dude. It's a shame he is on a terrible team, and even bigger shame that we have to play him again next year.

8:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh Yeah!! The Auburn Football Review Show is on!!

8:01 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Auburn video also has been posted to the front page of this blog.

8:06 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Also, I'm at least somewhat certain that Mike Blanc's hand is fine. Conflicting reports.

8:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good video. I thought Bosley seemed a bit surprised by the question.

8:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hoopie, Slaughter caught several of those balls with his hands yesterday. It was his only option on those particular passes. Cut him some slack. Look at who his WR coach is.

8:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ditch the Under Armour cleats and I bet injuries will be fewer.

8:41 PM  

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