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Lloyd Nix, a retired dentist from Decatur who played quarterback on Auburn’s 1957 national championship team, will be honored at halftime of the Tigers’ game against Ole Miss on Saturday.

Nix is one of nine previous Walter Gilbert Award winners who will be recognized. He won the award in 1995. It is given annually to former Auburn athletes who have distinguished themselves through achievements after graduating from Auburn.

The award is given in memory of three-time All-American center Walter Gilbert, who, after graduating from Auburn, became the vice president of Texaco’s European Oil Operations.

The 2007 Walter Gilbert Award winner will be announced at halftime.

  • Left tackle Ryan Pugh will not start against Ole Miss, Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville told reporters following Wednesday’s practice. Pugh, who sprained his knee against Arkansas, will act in a backup role to both tackle King Dunlap and center Jason Bosley.

    It is still unclear if receiver Robert Dunn will play Saturday. Dunn was suspended for last week’s game against LSU for violating practice policy.

    “We’ve got to determine through (receivers) coach (Greg) Knox how he’s worked and if he deserves to come back this week or wait until next week or the week after,” Tuberville said.

    Quarterback Brandon Cox missed part of Wednesday’s practice with a stomach virus, but he was full speed at Thursday’s practice, Tuberville told reporters.

  • Pat Lee’s eyes grew wide when he was told that Ole Miss quarterback Seth Adams threw four interceptions last week in the Rebels’ 44-8 loss to Arkansas.

    “It gets my eyes a little bigger,” said the senior cornerback, who ranks fifth in the SEC in passes defended with eight pass breakups and three interceptions. “I just have to get my hands prepared to catch one.”

    A senior, Adams ranks 72nd in the nation in passing efficiency. He has thrown 14 interceptions to 12 touchdowns. Ole Miss coach Ed Orgeron said earlier in the week that Adams will have a short leash.

    Backup Brent Schaeffer, who lost the job to Adams, may see playing time. While Adams is a pocket passer, Schaeffer is more of scrambling quarterback. Auburn’s taste of Schaeffer last season should help prepare the defense for both quarterbacks, defensive end Quentin Groves said.

    Ross Dellenger,
    Daily sports writer


    TUSCALOOSA — The compensation committee for the Alabama Board of Trustees approved the contracts for the Alabama assistant football coaches Thursday.

    All coaches have two-year contracts except for offensive coordinator Major Applewhite, offensive line coach Joe Pendry and defensive coordinator Kevin Steele. Those three have three-year deals.

    The total salary for coach Nick Saban’s on-field coaching staff totals $2.245 million, tops in the Southeastern Conference.

    Also, the committee approved contract extensions for gymnastics coach Sarah Patterson, volleyball coach Judy Green and men’s golf coach Jay Seawell.

    Patterson’s contract now ends June 30, 2011, and will pay her $200,000 annually.

    Green will be paid $90,000 a year through Dec. 31, 2010, and Seawell will earn $95,000 through June 30, 2010.

    Josh Cooper,
    Daily Sports Writer

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