Wednesday Spring Football Practice Notes

News and notes from Auburn's eighth spring practice are featured.

*The Tigers worked on punt protection and punt coverage at Wednesday's practice. A variety of different players are getting looks as punt returners. The group includes wide receiver Anthony Campbell, cornerback Jerraud Powers, cornerback/safety Aairon Savage, wide receiver Lee Guess, wide receiver Courtney Taylor and wide receiver Robert Dunn.

*The Tigers look to be in very good shape in the punting department. Kody Bliss, a senior, is expected to be one of the nation's top punters this fall and the Tigers have a strong backup in walk-on Patrick Martyn.

Redshirt sophomore quarterback Calvin Booker looks for a receiver while redshirt freshman tackle Oscar Gonzalez (78) provides protection.

*Fullback Mike McLaughlin had ACL surgery on Wednesday after being injured in Saturday's scrimmage. With the redshirt sophomore out of action, redshirt freshman Stephen Gowland is running No. 1 at fullback ahead of fellow walk-ons Andrew Turman and Danny Perry.

*Senior OL Jonathan Palmer continues to be Mr. Versatile for the Tigers. He has practiced at center, guard and tackle this spring. He worked at right tackle in Wednesday's workout.

*With several players having exams and the possibility of severe weather, the Tigers won't have their previously scheduled Thursday practice this week. Coach Tommy Tuberville says the Tigers may practice on Sunday, which was originally scheduled to be a day off. This Tigers have not had to deal with any bad weather during their first eight practice dates.

*Defensive lineman Pat Sims had another good practice and even intercepted a middle screen pass. He also got a pat on the back from practice from his position coach Don Dunn, something that is not seen very often.

Redshirt freshman Aairon Savage prepares to field a punt in Wednesday's practice. He is currently working at free safety, but also plays cornerback. He is watched by No. 17, Anthony Campbell, who made the move from cornerback to wide receiver this spring.

*Defensive end Quentin Groves had a sack in the 11 on 11 work and several other good plays.

*The secondary had another good day in pass coverage.

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