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November 11, 2013 7:09 PM

Auburn football: Linebackers brush fan criticism aside, focus squarely on 'what our coaches say'

AUBURN, Ala. — If you ask Ellis Johnson, the performance of his linebackers last Saturday was misleading. Yes, Cassanova McKinzy had a game-high 10 tackles in Auburn’s 55-23 victory. And yes, the trio of Kris Frost, Jake Holland and Anthony Swain added eight more. What didn’t show in the stat sheet, Johnson said, was how many other tackles they could have added to their total. He ticked off the number of missed opportunities: three whiffs by Frost, two by Holland and one by Swain.

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Mike Niziolek joins the Ledger-Enquirer after spending the past three years with MLive.com. The past year he covered Eastern Michigan University athletics, including football and recruiting. He also filled in as a backup writer for the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Red Wings and University of Michigan. Mike is a 2004 graduate of Michigan State.

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