Tigers Continue To Install Offense At Practice Two

A report with photos is featured from Auburn's second spring training practice.

Auburn, Ala.--Teaching, teaching and more teaching were the themes of Auburn's second football practice as the Tigers worked in shorts for two hours and 15 minutes on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, for practice three, the pads will go on for the first time and there will be contact including a "thud" 11 on 11 session with contact allowed, but no tackling to the ground.

On Tuesday, new coordinator Al Borges continued to install the offense with much of the emphasis on the passing game. The Tigers also worked on running plays out of offset "I" formations, a new wrinkle in the offense that Coach Tommy Tuberville says he believes will fit in nicely with returning running backs Ronnie Brown, Carnell Williams, Jake Slaughter, Tre Smith and Carl Stewart.

The Auburn coach says that the tailbacks can line up in the fullback position on certain plays and at times the Tigers will use two tailbacks in a formation along with a fullback. In those situations, one of the tailbacks can line up in the slot, go in motion or line up outside as a wide receiver.

"What we want to be is more non-predictable in formations and personnel where people can't defend us like they did last year," Tuberville said.

Patrick Lee, a redshirt freshman, is trying to move up the depth chart at cornerback.

The competition for the number two quarterback spot continued on Tuesday with both Kelcy Luke and Brandon Cox staying 35 minutes after the end of practice to work on their throwing motions and footwork. Their position coach, Al Borges, said both are making good progress. Tuberville noted that he wants to have a second stringer picked after Saturday's scrimmage. The head coach watched the QBs on Tuesday and said he liked what he saw.

"It is going to be a battle between Kelcy (Kelcy Luke) and Brandon (Brandon Cox)," Tuberville said. "Both of them have really improved. Brandon has really shown a lot of improvement. He has gotten stronger. He can throw the ball. He has got more zip on the ball.

"This offense is going to help both of them because it is a quick throwing game, but also throwing the ball down the field more, but off of play-action."

The Tigers were greeted with a temperatures in the high 70s for Tuesday's practice. The session featured a lot of passing drills with the wide receivers squaring off against defensive backs as well as work on the passing game without any defensive players on the field.

"It has been a good practice the last couple of days," Tuberville said. "Now the intensity will pick up and we will be able to separate the people who are going to play and the ones who are not going to play."

Troy Reddick, a guard the past two season, is getting a look at offensive tackle in spring drills.

Spring Football Notes: Jason Campbell's new position coach, Al Borges, says that having a fifth-year senior as the number one quarterback is a big plus. "That is nice. That is why guys trade for veteran quarterbacks in the NFL because they know they can pick it up fast. They have been under center. This kid is a fifth-year center and it is nice to know that he has played in some big games. You can't subsitute experience. There is no substitute for that."...After missing Sunday's practice, senior defensive end Doug Langenfeld was back on the practice field on Tuesday. He was held out of the first spring workout for precautionary reasons after having an offseason eye problem...Graduate assistant coach James Willis has been hired as a full-time linebacker coach for the University of Rhode Island. He will coach for former AU player and assistant Tim Stowers, who is the head coach at URI.


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