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It leads to a tricky situation: Young linemen need time to mature, but the course of the season could force them to grow up faster than expected.

It’s not an overnight deal, Eastburn said. You’re not just going to wake up one morning and the game’s going to be real slow for you and you’re automatically going to be an All-American. It’s a process.

Notes — Tailbacks Morgan Green and Da’Rel Scott missed practice for the third straight day. Friedgen declined to describe their status beyond injured. …

Freshman wideout Lansford Watson underwent surgery for a meniscus injury and will be out four to six weeks.