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7.20.2010

Etheridge cleared

Hey everyone. Safety Zaccheus Etheridge, often referred to simply as "Zac," has been deemed fit by physicians in Birmingham. He is expected to play this season.

The Troy native missed Auburn's final three regular-season games, the Outback Bowl and spring practice after suffering a serious neck injury against Ole Miss. He was forced to wear an invasive neck brace for three months.

Still, those days appear over. Etheridge said he'll play this fall.

``This is certainly quite a boost for all of us," defensive coordinator Ted Roof said. ``He was so tough about it -- he never sulked, never had that poor me attitude. He knows what he wants to do and he did everything possible to make that happen. It's inspiring it what it is."

40 Comments:

Blogger Dear Leader said...

clear substance

1:25 PM  
Blogger Dear Leader said...

from t-town no less

1:25 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Thanks Jay. The Roof quote makes it clear that Etheridge will be playing. If this defense is to improve we need leaders like Etheridge out there.

1:26 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Roof was just speaking in general. I want to make that clear. He was speaking to the Montgomery Kiwanis Club at lunchtime and hadn't yet spoken with Zac.

1:28 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

It does make it clear Roof respects Etheridge and how he handled the situation. Etheridge was a leader out there on defense, so I am sure we will see him playing.

I hope he is his old self, but that remains to be seen. That injury had to be a pretty big shock and it would be easy for a player to become hesitant after going through it.

1:30 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

I was about to say, it's almost August, where's DL?

DL is da man! And so is Zac!!!

1:31 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

DL - are yo over there slipping some money in Hightower's pocket?

1:31 PM  
Blogger API said...

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1:34 PM  
Blogger scottie b etheridge said...

i <3 HABOTN tweets.

1:36 PM  
Blogger Sullivan013 said...

Best news of the off-season. Very glad for he young man.

1:46 PM  
Blogger Baldy said...

It was somewhat comforting (I don't know if "comforting" is the right word, but i think you know what I mean) to see that, in his high school days, Thigpen had a similar injury to Etheridge and was able to come back from it and play 4 years at UNC.

1:48 PM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Great news for Etheridge. Happy for the kid.

Anyone see Peter lately? Hope all is well in mudville.

1:49 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Glad to see Etheridge has been cleared, I just hope the risk is worth the reward.

1:50 PM  
Blogger Ephemeral said...

I'm with you, WERK. I hope he can play if he wants to, but I want him to be healthy more than that.

1:56 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Frankly, I was just happy to see Etheridge was going to be okay. I didn't really think we would see him on the football field again. It is a testament to his hard work.

1:56 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

PF showed up really late last night and SteveFC gave him "The Past 5 Days of HABOTN: Cliff Notes"

2:00 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

Was Etheridege the DB that took the wrong angle many times during the game?

2:00 PM  
Blogger scottie b etheridge said...

i think PF has had phone issues or lost his phone.

2:01 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Meyer loves Kiffikin.

2:04 PM  
Blogger Baldy said...

WTC, on Etheridge's effectiveness...

From Andy Bitter's article,

http://wareagleextra.blogspot.com/2010/07/most-integral-player-no-7-zac-etheridge.html

"He was second on the team in tackles as a freshman and first as a sophomore with 75 stops."

He had some misses, but those numbers Bitter quotes above indicate solid production at his position.

2:13 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

I'm OK with the pre season ranking of players except for the Hightower thing. Dude missed most of the season. Beter to name him lower and let him earn it than give it to him now.
I am not hatin' but how do you lose 9 starters on defense and get picked to defend the MNC? Wish Au was in the those shoes, but I just don't get it.

2:19 PM  
Blogger AUnMobilz (CAM-"Da Man") said...

WDE!!!!
CONGRATS to Zac for all his hard work....it paid off to stick to the DWWD!!!!!

2:21 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

wtc,

Yes, he had some issues with that and covering crossing routes.

2:23 PM  
Blogger War Eagle Girl said...

That is awesome......nervous at the same time.

2:23 PM  
Blogger Eddie said...

WTC- Agree completely. Been saying the same things.

2:23 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Zac's back!!! Woo hoo!!!

2:26 PM  
Blogger digger4au said...

Way to go ZAC very good news.
wtc...only a hand full of shools can lose half there team and still get preseason picks as number 1. I won't name them but I bet you know who they are.

2:26 PM  
Blogger Scott Chocolate said...

Good news on Zac, but I'll probably be holding my breath every time he hits someone for a while.

2:29 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Hey Mobilz!!



I'm concerned we may see a more dedicated approach to the game from Whoooooooolio. I'd be willing to bet he doesn't want to have to attend class after December.

2:29 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

I love this game, but I hate to see some of the injuries players have to endure to play it. It is great to see when all the hard work pays off.

As for Etheridge, I consider him a very solid safety, a team leader, and a hard hitting player that isn't afraid to deliver a lick in run support.

That being said, yes, I can remember him getting burned on crossing routes, although I think part of that was simply a speed and endurance thing. The West Virginia game comes to mind.

2:34 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Will Herring also comes to mind. He was a great player, but I can remember him getting caught out of position at times when he played safety.

2:36 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Yeah, the 2005 Sugar Bowl comes to mind. And were in Cover 4 no less. How did that happen?

2:53 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

well, Will and Zac weren't the first DBs to take bad angles. Remember Euclid and Pythagoras? Man, those dudes couldn't get an angle right if you drew it on the field.

2:57 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

I mean, sure, they could theorize about the correct angle of attack, but trying to put it into practice they'd get burned every time.

3:02 PM  
Blogger Scott Chocolate said...

THT, you just made me think of this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ur5fGSBsfq8

3:08 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

blocked at work, I'll have to check it out when I get home tonight.

3:15 PM  
Blogger coosa said...

Great news on Zac. Its starting to feel like football season.

3:24 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

I propose a BTO theme for the season. Taking Care of Business works for me.

3:37 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

That video was brilliant ChocoScott.

3:43 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

New thread UPZ.

4:16 PM  

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