October 22, 2007

Blackmon having to earn his way back

LSU's offensive tackle Karnell Stewart made a mistake Saturday night against Auburn: He underestimated Tray Blackmon.

A linebacker, an undersized one at that, hadn't posed much of a problem for the 6-foot-4, 300-pound Stewart before. But after picking himself off the Tiger Stadium turf Saturday night late in the first quarter, he wouldn't underestimate Blackmon again.

On a first-and-10 play, LSU's big right tackle pulled around the left side of the line to lead block. He found the guy he was supposed to block. Blue Jersey. No. 10. But instead of putting him on his back, Stewart ended up on his own.

Blackmon, racing full speed, barreled over Stewart sending the massive lineman two yards behind the line of scrimmage. Blackmon's taking on the block allowed fellow linebacker Chris Evans to make the stop, albeit 8 yards downfield.

It's that type of play that Auburn fans have come to expect from the sophomore. And it's those type plays that he continuously produces when he's on the field.

Problem is he hasn't been on the field this season, at least not that much. Due to an ankle injury suffered against Kansas State in the season-opener, Blackmon has missed as many games as he's started this season. Four in all, half the season, and that's not counting the entire second half against Kansas State and most of the Florida game.

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