AU's Dee Ford expected to miss opener

Auburn dismissed senior safety Demetruce McNeal from the team over the weekend, and Monday, defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson said the Tigers would likely be without top pass rusher Dee Ford for the opener against Washington State because of a knee injury.

Ford is expected to be out for an extended period of time, but Johnson didn’t know for sure how long. For more on Ford, click here.

With Ford out, fellow senior defensive end Nosa Eguae is expected to step in, but keep an eye on freshman defensive ends Elijah Daniel and Carl Lawson.

Lawson, the nation’s No. 2 player in the 2013, is projected to be the better of the two. He’s listed at 6-foot-2, 258 pounds and was called one of the most explosive players in the class by the ESPN scouts.