ESPN is reporting during its Thursday night football telecast that Auburn running back Kenny Irons will not play Saturday against Buffalo. It has been speculated on FanHouse all week that Irons may sit for Saturday’s contest. He is suffering from a sprained toe and ankle as a result of last Saturday’s win over LSU.
Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville hinted yesterday that Irons probably wouldn’t play. ”I’m not going to play him unless he is 100 percent, with all the other guys we’ve got,” Tuberville said.
This will give backup tailback Brad Lester a prime time spot to shine. Lester has been impressive off the bench this season. We should also see the debut of heralded running back Ben Tate. The Newark, Maryland native has been on campus since January and took part in Spring drills. He set the Maryland high school record for yardage in a season and career. He’s expected to step in as Lester’s backup and get plenty of carries.
Quarterback Brandon Cox’s role will be greatly diminished Saturday. He’s still suffering from a deep leg bruise and will probably only play a few series. That will make room for backup quarterback Blake Field to play most of the offensive snaps.
It was also announced Thursday that cornerback Jonathan Wilhite will not play against the Bulls.He suffered a hamstring injury last week.
Note: Auburn tailback Kenny Irons is on the cover of this week’s Sporting News. Irons is shown running through the LSU defense in Saturday’s 7-3 win over the purple tigers. The picture used is the one accompanying this article.