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SEC bounce-back players: Auburn

7/26/2011

Auburn is our next stop for the league’s rebound players:

OFFENSE

A.J. Greene, OT, Sr.: Greene started the first three games of last season before suffering a season-ending injury when he broke his left ankle against Clemson. Greene went through spring, and while he isn’t completely healthy, he has progressed, and the coaching staff expects him to be fine this fall. Getting him back will be a major boost to an offensive line that lost four veteran starters from last season. At 6-foot-5, 309 pounds, Greene should return to left tackle for the Tigers and will have the job of protecting a an inexperienced quarterback. If Greene’s mobility returns, he could be one of the tougher tackles in the league to get around this fall.

DEFENSE

Eltoro Freeman, LB, Sr.: Freeman hasn’t exactly been a slouch since his arrival, but the former junior college standout hasn’t quite lived up to expectations. He has played in 22 games, starting 12 in his two seasons. Freeman has 68 tackles and two sacks to his name, but the Tigers’ staff predicted more from the 5-foot-11, 226-pounder. There is some untapped potential brewing inside Freeman. Auburn lost two very valuable linebackers in Josh Bynes and Craig Stevens, so in his final season, Freeman has a chance to make a much-needed impact on the Tigers’ defense. From all accounts, Freeman had a good spring, but he’ll have to fend off some young talent during preseason camp.