Spirited Saturday Starter

The Auburn Tigers got their Saturday off to a roaring start with a physical early morning practice.

Auburn, Ala.--With a welcomed cool morning to work with, the Auburn football team had a physical two-hour workout that featured full speed 11 on 11 game situation drills.

Using the majority of the time for first team against first team work, both the offense and defense got plenty of contact in scrimmage-like conditions.

Offensive tackle Ryan Broome blocks defensive end Steven Bouldin during an inside drill Saturday morning.

Offensively, quarterback Jason Campbell had one of his better practices of the fall. Throwing several deep passes on the money while dropping the ball off to his backs and tight ends at the opportune times, the redshirt freshman looked to have the poise and calmness that has been missing from his game since early in the season.

Campbell prepares to hand the ball to tailback Casinious Moore

With graduation exercises taking place later Saturday at Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum, several players missed either part or all of the morning practice. Included in that group were starting offensive linemen Ben Nowland, Hart McGarry and Kendall Simmons. With that threesome gone, it gave several players the chance to work with the first unit and they responded with solid effort. Tackle Ryan Broome, guard Nate French and center Danny Lindsey all continued to show glimpses of what the future has in store for the offensive line of the Tigers by making some good blocks both in the running and passing game.

Defensively, end James Callier set the tone for the entire practice with several big hits on ball carriers that came in his area. Also in the mix often was whip linebacker Karlos Dansby. Lnebacker Lemarcus Rowell participated in his first college practice. Although he looked good in drills with the linebackers, the freshman hasn't seen any time in team drills to this point as he continues to learn the defensive schemes and calls.

Rowell takes advice from linebackers coach Joe Whitt during Saturday morning's workout.

The team will practice Saturday afternoon at 4:30 inside Jordan-Hare Stadium and return to the practice fields Sunday afternoon for a 1 p.m. practice. Two-a-days will resume on Monday with practices scheduled for 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. That will continue through Friday when the team will be released for the holidays.

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