AU's Marks Named Starter at Defensive Tackle, But Not a Lock

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AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - The coaches let Sen'Derrick Marks know of
his ascension to number one at defensive tackle in the middle of a
recent practice.

Marks says seeing his name at the top of the depth chart was a
shock but - quote -- "if they think I can do it, I'm ready for
it."

But he isn't a lock at starter. Sophomore Pat Sims is still battling for the job.

Defensive line coach Don Dunn says it's back and forth between
the two.

Sims got a setback when he had to have a fingernail removed Monday because of an injury. Dunn said both would see considerable
playing time.

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