October 17, 2012

Youth Movement

AUBURN -- A change at middle linebacker appears imminent.

Freshman Cassanova McKinzy took all the first-team reps during Auburn's practice Wednesday night, providing a clear indication that junior Jake Holland has been demoted. Assistant coach Tommy Thigpen stopped short of affirming McKinzy's status, but clearly is impressed with what the freshman has shown this week.

"He has taken a lot of interest and a lot of pride in that position. For a young guy, I'm really proud of the way he works," Thigpen said. "I come over in the morning and he's in (the film room). You take a break and you go in your office -- and he's on the board drawing up the plays. So his football IQ has gone up every day. Again, coach (Brian) VanGorder says it over and over, 'You get what you earn.' And so that kid has earned a chance to play for us at Auburn."

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