Senior Bowl Practice Notes On Auburn Players

Notes on five Auburn players at the Senior Bowl are featured.

*On Monday there was a lot of talk about the route running of the Tigers' receviers, and all three receviers here, Ben Obomanu, Devin Aromashodu and Anthony Mix all say a big reason for that is because San Fransicio 49ers WR coach Jerry Sullivan teaches his wideouts to come out of breaks very differently than the Tigers do.

They note that they are used to breaking down out of routes and that is not the case this week and they are having to learn a bit of a new technique. However, all three seem to be handling the change very well and were getting a number of compliments from Sullivan on that this morning.

AU receivers' coach Greg Knox, who was at practice today to see his three wideouts, said that it is not unusual for different coaches to teach receivers different ways to run routes or come out of breaks and that different offenses call for different styles of route running.

*He added that he was very excited to see three of his players competing and playing well at the Senior Bowl.

*In one-on-one drills, Marcus McNeill performed very well and did a great job of handling N.C. State defensive end Manny Lawson on one attempt. The end tried to speed rush outside of McNeill, but big Marcus quickly caught up to Lawson and turned him out and ran him all the way around the pocket.

*One defender who was getting the best of the offensive linemen today was LSU's Kyle Williams. The 6-2, 295-pounder was strong and quick inside and showed some good moves as well. On one go around, he ripped right by Florida center Mike Degory, which drew a good reaction from the crowd. Williams is a player Auburn really worked hard to sign.

*Travis Williams was very solid at the weakside linebacker postion on Wednesday. He loooked to be in the right postion almost all the time and did a good job in coverage as well. It was a bit strange seeing him lined up with Freddie Roach and DeMeco Ryans as a linebacking corps, however.

*As was noted Monday, all three South team quarterbacks are still throwing the ball inconsistently. However, today, UAB QB Darrell Hackney had to be the most inconsistent, with a number of throws that were high, low and wide.

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