By Jay Coulter
What a difference a day makes. This morning, the Auburn nation was reeling when word got out that center Jason Bosley had injured his leg and had been carried off the field during last night’s scrimmage.
Today, the sun is shining and it looks like Bosley is going to be fine. Phillip Marshall of the Huntsville Times is reporting today that Bosley suffered only a bruise and is now listed as day-to-day. He will likely miss some practice time, but should be close to 100% for the season opener against Kansas State on September 1st.
Bosley is arguably one of the top five most important players on the team. Should he go down, it would start a ripple effect on the offensive line that could cause havoc for Brandon Cox and the running backs. How important is he? As he came to his feet after being injured Sunday, the team stopped and applauded. You don’t see that everyday.
By now, I’m sure you’ve heard the news on running back Tristan Davis. What coaches were calling earlier in the week turf toe, turned out to be a broken toe. He underwent surgery on Saturday and will miss at least half the season. Davis lead the nation in kickoff returns last year and his loss will certainly be felt.
The list of those banged up is growing by the day. Those missing practice over the weekend included offensive lineman Leon Hart, linebacker Merrill Johnson, tight-end Gabe McKenzie, wide receiver Montez Billings, defensive tackle Jermarcus Ricks, quarterbacks Steve Ensminger and Neil Caudle and running backs Carl Stewart and Davis.
Tommy Tuberville says he’s not too worried about the list of injuries. He points out that last year, it was almost twice as many. You can tell by his words that recruiting and depth are starting to pay off.
Finally, it appears that Lee Ziemba’s run at the top of the depth chart is over for now. On Sunday, junior Antwoin Daniels moved ahead of Ziemba on the depth chart at right tackle. My guess is we’ll see plenty of Ziemba in the season opener against Kansas State.