Auburn coach Gene Chizik says he’s happy veterans Zac Etheridge and Aarion Savage have overcome their injuries to win starting assignments at safety.
Etheridge, you’ll remember, hurt his neck last season. Savage has missed the last two seasons, first with a knee injury and then with a torn Achilles.
“We’re extremely excited just to have those guys back on the field,” Chizik said Tuesday. “You really need two captains back there to direct traffic. They bring a lot to the table. The experience they bring to our defense is huge.”
We posted the complete depth chart a little while ago. It’s here.
And here are some more quick notes from Chizik’s Tuesday press conference…
**Real big fullback Ladarious Phillips won’t play in Saturday’s season-opener against Arkansas State. He has an ankle injury.
**Defensive tackle Derrick Lykes isn’t going to play, either. He has an undisclosed injury.
“Not anytime soon, but he’s coming along,” Chizik said.
Chizik was asked if Lykes would need surgery.
“It’s kind of teetering on whether he will or not,” he said.