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Auburn’s Malzahn Says He’s Never Told A Player To Fake An Injury

If you happened to see this…

 

Auburn Linebacker Anthony Swain Fake Injury

 

… during Auburn’s 35-17 win at Arkansas on Saturday, you probably thought the same thing everyone else thought — linebacker Anthony Swain was faking an injury and he was coached to do so.  Arkansas had just converted a fourth-and-three play and would go on to cash in on the scoring drive, cutting into Auburn’s lead.

Not so according to AU coach Gus Malzahn:

 

“At the time I did not see it happen, but after watching the TV copy I could see why people questioned it.  I’ve coached for 23 years and I’ve never told any player to fake an injury…

I promise you this, moving forward there will be no questionable issues like that again.”

 

Pretty definitive.  No word, however, on whether Malzahn has ever told an assistant to tell a player to fake an injury.

Swain is expected to return from his “bruised knee” on Saturday when Auburn rolls into Tennessee with its top 10 record.

You can watch Malzahn’s presser on our Overtime Page.

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Auburn Signee Blackson Receives Good News

Auburn 2011 signee Angelo Blackson has been cleared to enroll in school, according to AuburnSports.com.

The defensive tackle from Red Lion Christian Academy in Bear, Del., isn’t Auburn’s highest-rated signee at the position. That would be Gabe Wright from Columbus, Ga. But Blackson is expected to challenge for playing time right away this fall.

“Blackson has the athleticism and the body to compete immediately for playing time on a rebuilt defensive front at Auburn,” Justin Hokanson of AuburnSports wrote on twitter.

Three of Auburn’s 2011 signees are still waiting to be cleared to enroll in school: wide receiver Jaylon Denson, running back Tre Mason and defensive back Anthony Swain.

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