Auburn coaches expect newcomer Kenny Flowers to compete immediately for playing time at Will linebacker

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AUBURN, Alabama -- Ellis Johnson's expectations are high, especially for one newcomer on the roster.

Asked in no certain terms who must step up on the roster when fall camp starts Friday, the Auburn defensive coordinator did not name a returning letterman. He instead sided with a fresh face, a player he expects to contribute immediately as a sophomore this season: Kenny Flowers.

"When you sign a junior college player, you want to see him on the field," Johnson said. "I wish he could have been here in the spring. That's always preferable."