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Chizik: We have to replace 30 scholarship players

Gene Chizik is concerned about Auburn’s youth.  In fact, thirty scholarship players from the national championship team are no longer with the Tigers.

In five months, Auburn will open with Utah State.  A week later, the Tigers will host Mississippi State.

Reflecting back on spring practice, Chizik said, “I just saw a lot of young faces. A lot of kids with some talent, not a lot of experience. Our numbers, obviously, have been affected by over 30 guys that were on scholarship last year that won’t be with our team this year.  So you just have to get used to a lot of new faces and a lot of new names, but work really hard.”

To stay near the top in the SEC, Chizik says it’s a year round grind.

“College football is like one big circle; there’s no beginning, and there’s no end,” admitted Chizik. “You just go from one thing to the next. We typically get a little time off in the summer. You try to get away and get your batteries re-juiced for about two weeks. Other than that, it’s just always on the go.”

Some of the notable players that won't be with the Tigers are the four drafted players including QB Cam Netwon, DT Nick Fairley, DT Zach Clayton, and OL Lee Ziemba.  Other key losses include Marion Fannin and Darvin Adams.

The Auburn road schedule includes at Clemson, at South Carolina, at Arkansas, at LSU, and at Georgia.

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