For Your Eyes only, Tuesday, Oct. 12

Freshman wide receiver Trovon Reed

Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino still has warm feelings about Auburn, though he only spent one year as the Tigers' offensive coordinator. He was ready to return head coach in late 2003, but he and everyone else handled it badly. He can't admit it, of course, but he would have jumped at the chance in 2008, too, but the $12 million buyout in his contract was just too steep for him to be a serious candidate. He will go for his third consecutive victory over Auburn on Saturday. ...

Speaking of 2003 and the Jetgate scandal, there was certainly involvement, but the one who started the push to make a change and was the driving force was late Auburn president William Walker. When it was exposed, Walker made matters worse by being less than forthcoming. One of his own PR people told me: "I tell my clients that if truth is a creek, we need to be at least ankle deep. I told Dr. Walker, 'Sir, we're on dry ground.' " ...

Perhaps the two most costly injuries Auburn has had all season are to freshmen Craig Sanders and Shaun Kitchens. Their absence was very noticeable last Saturday when Kentucky kept breaking kickoff returns to near midfield. Their status for Saturday is uncertain. ...

We hear freshman Cody Parkey will handle kickoff duties from the start Saturday against Arkansas. He replaced Wes Byrum at Kentucky after Byrum's short, low kick on the opening kickoff was returned to Auburn's 49. ...

We also expect freshman Steven Clark to remain the starting punter. ...

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