August 1, 2012

NOTEBOOK: Bates expecting a big season

AUBURN - Linebacker Daren Bates led the team last season with 104 tackles, but DC Brian VanGorder believes a repeat of that tally is unlikely.

He's expecting more.

"He's given me the opportunity to make these plays that you have to make, giving me more blitzes," Bates said. "I just have to make the tackles and do my job and just be support to everybody else. It sounds like a lot of fun. He tells me that I'm going to have more tackles than I did last year. That's just something that I like to hear. I'm ready to go out there and work hard to get them."

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