AU's Blackmon hoping for breakout season

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AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Auburn linebacker Tray Blackmon feels like this will be his breakout season.

The 10th-ranked Tigers' junior has been slowed by injuries and suspensions since arriving as a highly touted prospect. Blackmon says he is eager to finally live up to the billing and takes it as a challenge.

Blackmon was solid as a starter last season. He made 45 tackles but battled an ankle injury and missed four games. Blackmon and the Tigers open next Saturday night against Louisiana-Monroe.

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