Auburn, Ala.–-Jeremy Ingle watched the play on film and couldn’t believe his eyes.
Blocking for Auburn senior running back Carnell Williams, the center turned his man to the left and allowed Williams to turn the right corner and get to the one-yard line. Williams would score two plays later, but Ingle would be watching from the sidelines.
When Williams got loose on the 14-yard run, he shed a tackler behind Ingle. In doing so Williams’ would-be tackle fell into the back of Ingle and caused him to buckle and fall to the ground. Ingle says that watching the play makes him thankful that he even has a shot to play this weekend against Ole Miss.
“It’s unbelievable,” Ingle says. “It should be broken, it really should be. It’s the sickest thing I’ve ever seen on film. It’s eerily similar to my right leg that I broke a couple of years ago. I heard the pop on the field so the first thing I told them was “it’s broken” before they got me off the field. Once I got up and put some weight on it I knew it must not be broke.
“It’s nothing short of a miracle that thing didn’t break,” Ingle adds. “If you watch it on film it’s sick. I just thank God for that. I’m just working harder and harder to try to get back right for this weekend and if not for this weekend for Georgia.”
Jeremy Ingle prepares to snap to Jason Campbell.
One of Auburn’s most determined and driven players, the former walk-on refused to ride a cart off the field after his injury. Instead he jogged off to the cheers of the fans in the Southeast corner of Jordan-Hare Stadium. Ingle says that he’s still expecting to play this weekend as Auburn tries to clinch the SEC Western Division title with a win over Ole Miss in Oxford, Miss.
“If the swelling goes down, as long as I’m out there by Thursday I would be able to play,” Ingle says. “I don’t like going in, and I’m sure the coaches don’t either, to a game without having the correct preparation. I’m just going to take it easy, play it by ear and see what happens.
“The best case scenario would be Ole Miss. The next 48 hours are going to be the sign. If I can come back the next 48 hours and the swelling gets out of it then I’ll be able to play. If it stays like this it’s going to be tough to get back. I’ll definitely be back for Georgia. I don’t care what I have to do.”
If Ingle is unable to go then the job would fall to backup Steven Ross. A player who has played every position on the offensive line and even tight end since coming to Auburn, the junior got a chance to play almost the entire game against Kentucky. While he struggled at times and there was one fumbled exchange, Ingle says that comes with gaining experience.
“When you’re practicing with Brandon Cox all week and they throw you in with Jason there is a possibility of a missed communication or a mishandled snap,” Ingle says. “His shotgun snaps are erratic, but sometimes they’re really good. All that is, is practice. Steven is a smart kid. He’ll get it done.”
Saturday was evidently more of the erratic day in the shotgun formation for Ross because his snaps were consistently low and tumbling back to Campbell end over end. Ingle says that while the technique isn’t the same as the one he employs, he has no doubt that Ross will be able to handle all aspects of the job if he can’t go against the Rebels.
“Steven does it different from me,” Ingle says. “He does it a little more end over end than a spiral. Steven is new to the game as far as playing center and he hasn’t had as many reps as me. Steven is going to be OK. He’ll be fine and get the job done. He’ll put more practice in this week and if I can help him I will. It’s just getting out there and getting in the groove. He’ll do it and be fine.”