Auburn Football Spring Practice 4 Notes:

News and notes from Friday's Auburn football practice are featured.

The notes are from Friday's Auburn practice, the fourth of 15 spring practices:

*Noseguard Josh Thompson has a sore back that he injured lifting weights. It didn't appear to slow him very much on Friday as he looked good in one-on-one drills. He bull-rushed center Joe Cope a few times and drove him deep into the backfield.

*Defensive tackle Pat Sims says he is a bit out of shape this spring and he's trying to work on that. He had his knee scoped during the offseason, which has limited his mobility and didn't allow him to get back into shape after re-joining the team. However, he has shown more intensity on the field so far this spring than he has in the past.

*Offensive guard Tim Duckworth also had his left knee scoped during the off season and says he's in the 60 to 70 percent range. He looked to be healthy in one-on-one drills on Friday, winning all of his battles, even though he says his pass blocking is far behind his run blocking right now because of his knee.

*Senior cornerback Montae Pitts looked good again in Friday's practice. The senior cornerback broke up several passes in 11-on-11 drills and other drills. Overall, he has had a good week going into Saturday's scrimmage.

David Irons is shown at Friday's practice. The senior was given an extra year of eligibility to play for the Tigers this fall by an NCAA committee.

*Cornerback Jonathan Wilhite looks bigger this spring at 5-11, 182 pounds and hasn't lost a step. With David Irons having conflicts with classes, it has allowed some of the other corners to get more reps and players like Wilhite, Pitts and redshirt freshman Jerraud Powers have had good workouts.

*The scrimmage in the stadium tomorrow is open to the public. The warmups begin at 10:15 a.m. The restrooms in the stadium are closed, but Plainsman Park will be open if you need to use the facilities.

*Former Tigers Stanley McClover and Junior Rosegreen stopped by to watch practice on Friday.

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