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Second Auburn receiver dealing with injury issue

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Bubble wrap might be in order when it comes to Auburn’s receiving corps, just in case.

We had previously noted that speedy AU wide receiver Anthony Schwartz was set to undergo surgery to repair at least one broken bone in his hand, leaving his availability for the opener against Oregon up in the air.  Not long after, al.com reported that fellow AU receiver Eli Stove suffered a knee injury during practice earlier in the day.

The good news, especially considering Stove’s recent injury history, is that the latest issue is considered to be minor in nature. “The redshirt junior may be held out of practice some for precautionary reasons,” the website wrote.

Stove suffered a torn ACL in March of last year, limiting him to a pair of appearances this past season.  In that limited action, the Florida native caught three passes for 17 yards.

The year before, Stove totaled 265 yards on 29 receptions after posting 23 catches for 224 yards as a true freshman in 2016.  Stove has actually done as much or more damage in the running game, accounting for 446 yards and three touchdowns on 41 carries the two years prior to his ACL injury.

Report: Hand injury for Auburn receiver Anthony Schwartz will require surgery

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One of Auburn’s fastest wide receivers may be on the back burner for a little bit of time. Anthony Schwartz will require surgery to repair at least one broken bone in his hand, according to a report from Auburn Undercover. The injury occurred during practice on Sunday.

It is unknown at this time how much time Schwartz will be out of action for the Tigers. As such, it is unknown what his status will be for the season opener in Arlington, Texas against Oregon. Hand injuries to receivers are not something to take lightly, because any injury that makes it potentially harder to the football, and then maintain control of the football, can be a critical blow to even the best receivers in the game.

From the initial sounds of the injury news, it does not sound as though Schwartz will be missing any extended period of time that eats away at the regular season. FOr now, however, Auburn will hope to find other ways to replace one of the fastest options on the offense. Schwartz previously challenged Tyreek Hill of the Kansas City Chiefs to a race.

Schwartz had 568 receiving yards and seven touchdowns last season.

No. 1 Alabama leading a tight Iron Bowl at the break

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After blowing most opponents off the field in the first half, No. 1 Alabama heads to the locker room locked in a tussle. The Tide has not trailed, but finds itself leading Auburn just 17-14.

After a rare punt on its first possession, Alabama took advantage of good field position to draw first blood, scoring on a 7-yard Tua Tagovailoa run.

Auburn tied the game with a 10-play, 73-yard drive featuring mostly runs, including a 9-yarder by Anthony Schwartz to paydirt.

Alabama answered with an 8-play, 65-yard scoring jaunt, taking a 14-7 lead on a 4-yard Henry Ruggs III toss from Tagovailoa. Alabama threatend on its next possession, achieving a 1st-and-10 from the Auburn 11-yard line, but the Tide settled for a 30-yard Joseph Bulovas field goal.

After forcing Alabama’s first three-and-out of the game, Auburn forced a big play from a different kind of Alabama kicking blunder by blocking a Mike Bernier punt at the Alabama 23. The Tigers took advantage of the short field by scoring on a 23-yard throwback pass from wide receiver Ryan Davis to running back Malik Miller, pulling Auburn within 17-14 with 4:04 left in the first half. It was Davis’s third career touchdown pass.

Auburn forced a second straight three-and-out on Alabama’s next possession, but Gus Malzahn was content to run out the remainder of the first half rather than push for the lead.

Alabama will receive to open the second half.

Auburn loses two turnovers but leads Tenenssee at halftime

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It has not been the sharpest half of football for the Auburn Tigers, but the home team finds themselves up 17-13 against a Tennessee team looking to score an upset this afternoon. The Tigers lost two turnovers, the second of which quickly led to a game-tying touchdown at the time, but a big touchdown play of their own has given Auburn the lead after one half of play.

Bryce Thompson‘s interception of Jarrett Stidham early in the second quarter led to a game-tying touchdown by the Volunteers five plays later. Jarrett Guarantano completed a 42-yard pass to Ty Chandler for a touchdown./

Auburn wasted no time opening the scoring in the game by driving down the field for a touchdown on the game’s opening possession, but the Vols responded with a field goal on the ensuing possessions. Auburn added to their early lead with a field goal on their next offensive series and remained up by seven when the special teams blocked Tennessee’s second field goal attempt.

Tennessee’s defense came up with a big play with the Thompson interception but the defense got burned by the speed of Anthony Schwartz on Auburn’s next possession late in the second quarter. After catching a short route, Schwartz broke a tackle and took off down the right sideline for a blazing fast 76-yard touchdown.

Stidham has passed for 182 yards, 76 of which came on that long touchdown catch and run by Anthony Schwartz, his lone catch of the game. Tennessee has managed to hang around but still has to capitalize a little bit on any opportunities given to them by Auburn in the second half. This one is still anyone’s game, but the Vols have struggled to win these types of battles.