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Auburn Linebackers Take A Big Hit

By Jay Coulter

Auburn’s already inexperienced linebacking group took another hit over the weekend when junior Steve Gandy suffered a concussion while hitting fullback Danny Perry at practice Saturday.

This marks the fourth concussion the Mississippi native has suffered while at Auburn.

Word out of Auburn on Monday is that Gandy might have to give up football. The university’s medical team is evaluating him and a decision on Gandy’s future will be made soon. Gandy says right now he’s only suffering minor headaches. The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer is quoting defensive coordinator Will Muschamp as saying that his condition, "doesn't look good."

Gandy’s troubles started during last year’s Cotton Bowl practices and continued during spring workouts. Gandy played in 10 games last year and started one of them. He began fall practice as the number two weakside linebacker behind Merrill Johnson.

How about some good news? Wide receiver Chris Slaughter has finally been cleared by the NCAA Clearinghouse and registered at Auburn on Monday. Slaughter originally signed with the Tigers in 2006, but was forced to spend a season at Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia.
He’ll go through three days in shells before putting on the pads and joining the rest of the team. Not since 2002 has Auburn had such a talented group of young receivers. Let’s hope they can match the numbers of that last group.

One of the biggest surprises so far during camp has been the play of wide receiver Robert Dunn. While most of the preseason speculation centered around Rod Smith, Montez Billings and Prechae Rodriguez, Dunn has quickly stolen the spotlight. Over the weekend, he dazzled coaches with more than a few one-handed catches.

Dunn is expected to start at the slot receiver position. Last season, he was virtually invisible as a receiver, catching only five passes while backing up Lee Guess. This is great news for a receiving team out to prove themselves.