A-There – Shelby County products suit up for A-Day scrimmages

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Auburn and Alabama both held spring football scrimmages Saturday with local standouts suiting up for both squads.

Auburn’s A-Day game featured two former Shelby County players in uniform as Thompson High graduate Tony Bell and Cornerstone Christian graduate Jeremy Walden each saw playing time for the Tigers.

Bell, who was held out of Auburn’s first 10 spring practices to catch up on schoolwork, was back in the rotation at safety, a position where he was projected to contend for a starting position by Auburn coaches entering spring practice.

&uot;He’s a big, good looking kid back there running around,&uot; new Auburn defensive coordinator David Gibbs said of Bell. &uot;And he hits people. He’s got the size. He’s just got to keep practicing, keep getting better.&uot;

Briarwood Christian graduate Simeon Castille had a productive outing at Alabama’s A-Day contest. The defensive back had five solo tackles, including one for a loss.

Simeon’s brother, Tim Castille, a

running back for the Crimson Tide, did not dress due to a knee injury sustained last season.

Alabama coach Mike Shula said Tim’s target return date is late May or June.

&uot;People involved with his rehab feel good about his return,&uot; Shula said of Tim, also a Briarwood graduate