Saturday A Review Session for Chizik's Team

The Tigers worked out at Jordan-Hare Stadium at what was supposed to be a scrimmage, but really wasn't. News, notes and quotes from the practice are featured.

Auburn, Ala.--Preseason All-SEC defensive end Corey Lemonier chuckled at the concept the Tigers actually had a football scrimmage on Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

"It was just a mental practice--that's all," the junior said of the event that the head coach had billed earlier in the week as the fourth scrimmage of the preseason for his Tigers.

However, there was little contact in the session, particularly for veteran players like Lemonier, who have already proven to the coaches what they can do.

Lemonier, who started preseason drills at better than 250 pounds, said he is down to 245 after almost three weeks of grinding during what the players and coaches call "the camp" portion of preseason.

"I have had a slight decrease in my weight, but it's camp so I should be able to get it back," he said. "We have a two-day break coming up so that should be nice."

Asked what he has been concentrating on in recent practices, the defensive end said, "I have been working on my steps. You can always work on little things like hands and get-offs. I try to do that every day."

Looking at the defense as a whole, Lemonier said, "We are coming along pretty well. Everybody is gelling and knows their role."

When the Tigers return to practice on Tuesday the junior said the defense will be spend more time preparing for what they expect Clemson to do in the Sept. 1st season opener at the Georgia Dome.

In other news and notes:

*Coach Gene Chizik said the coaches will name a starting quarterback before the opener, but again avoided saying when that would happen. Freshman Jonathan Wallace got more reps in the practice on Saturday than Kiehl Frazier, who has taken most of the snaps with the first team this preseason, and Clint Moseley, the junior who has been bothered by a sore throwing arm.

None of the quarterbacks received a glowing report from the head coach after Saturday's practice. "Like I said the other day, none of the quarterbacks have separated themselves."

*Chizik said he thought Saturday's practice was "productive" with the focus on game day type logistics, special situations in down-and-distance and getting another look at young players who could play or be redshirted.

"We are going to spend the next two weeks fine-tuning a lot with our game," he said. "Overall, I was pleased with the way today unfolded. A lot of the young guys needed reps and we got them reps today. Again, we are a ways away. We have to go back to work."

*Chizik said the two days off should be good for getting his "banged up" players healthier. Asked if there are any players who could miss the opener, Chizik replied, "I can't say right now. I don't know. It depends how fast they heal, but we are on the right track for everybody to get back. It just depends on how they respond to their treatments in the next week."

The Tigers started practice with five healthy tailbacks. One, Jovon Robinson, is academically ineligible while others have been less than full speed. Corey Grant, Tre Mason and Mike Blakely were all held out of the Saturday practice while senior Onterio McCalebb saw limited work.

On a kickoff return cornerback Robenson Therezie took a big hit from freshman cornerback Jonathan Jones and sat out after that.

Another cornerback who had missed some practice time, Chris Davis, is back in action, but fellow defensive back Erique Florence has missed practice time this week, which has set him back in the competition to be a starter at safety.

*Auburn linebacker commitment Cameron Toney from the trip to Auburn from Huntsville to watch the practice and spend time with the AU coaches.

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