March 24, 2009

Savage returns from severe injury

Aairon Savage sat down Tuesday night after his first practice since August 2008 and put his knee brace on the ground.

That and the orange no-contact jersey he will likely wear throughout spring practice are the only two reminders of the gruesome knee injury on the second day of summer practice last year.

Tuesday was about looking forward for the senior defensive back.

"I'm feeling good," Savage said. "It's good to be back out there with the guys. Just to look in their eyes and see the uplift in their eyes and me being out there, it feels good."

Auburn coach Gene Chizik said Savage could play either safety or cornerback this year. Savage has played both positions in the past.

In fact, former coach Tommy Tuberville moved Savage to cornerback in hopes of keeping him away form the nagging injuries that hampered him in 2007.

The move, obviously, did not pay off.

Savage's versatility, however, could prove vital.

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