AUBURN – He came in with the cool name and the preseason hype, but the player who is called “Toro” by his teammates, and “The Bull” by the fans, didn’t have the season so many expected last year.
Eltoro Freeman wants to make amends in 2010.
The Auburn linebacker says he has a better attitude, is working within the playbook and is willing to understand that he can’t make all the plays all the time. He’ll take those concepts to the field, not at middle linebacker, where he started last season; but at weakside linebacker behind Craig Stevens, who played almost every snap last year.
The new Eltoro Freeman will have to wait his turn.
“I’m not into who’s going first or who’s going second,” Freeman said. “I’m just into trying to help my team win and trying to get better with my assignments, and to just go out there and play ball.”
Simple enough, but it was a concept that Freeman had trouble embracing last year.
Freeman’s season went astray at midseason. He played one play – the first defensive play – at Tennessee, and was left at home the next week when the Tigers played at Arkansas.