A-Day Football Game News and Notes

Notes and quotes from Auburn's spring football game are featured.

Auburn, Ala.--News and notes from Saturday's Auburn A-Day spring football game are featured:

*A pair of former Auburn running backs, who had impressive rookie seasons in the NFL, were back on campus this weekend to check out their Tigers. Ronnie Brown of the Miami Dolphins got a hug from Will Muschamp, the new Auburn defensive coordinator who coached for the Dolphins last year. "Ronnie Brown is a great guy," Muschamp says. "He did a great job for us last season with the Dolphins." Carnell Williams, who participated in a pair of charity events this weekend in Auburn along with his buddy Brown.

*One of the state of Alabama's top junior prospects, Eltorro Freeman of Benjamin Russell High in Alexander City, was among the prospects who attended the A-Day Game.

*Talented junior tailback Caleb King of Parkview High in Lilburn, Ga., who has been a regular visitor to Auburn for games and camps, attended A-Day.

*2006 signees, teammates Byron Isom and Mario Fannin from Lovejoy, Ga., High were in Auburn on Saturday.

*Redshirt freshman defensive end Octavius Balkcom, who made major strides this spring, was sidelined on Saturday with an ankle problem.

*Another redshirt freshman defensive end, Alonzo Horton, sat on the sideline with ice on his knee. Neither the injury to Balkcom or Horton is believed to be serious, AU coaches said.

*Alabama's top defensive line prospect for the 2006 signee class, high school All-American Bart Eddins from Trinity Presbyterian in Montgomery, attended A-Day.

*Junior tight end prospect Bailey Woods from Walton High in Marietta watched the game.

*Running back Broderick Green from Pulaski Academy in Little Rock, Ark., took an unofficial visit to AU.

*There were no kickoffs in the A-Day Game and no live punt returns. The punts were dead at the spot they were fielded by return men Courtney Taylor and Robert Dunn.

*Among the former Tigers on the sidelines on Saturday were Dexter Murphy, Kevin Greene, Wayne Dickens, Carnell Williams, Jake Slaughter, Ben Obomanu, Tommy Jackson, Carlos Rogers, Ronnie Brown, Dontarrious Thomas, Jeris McIntyre, Devin Aromashodu, Travis Williams, Antarrious Williams, Spencer Johnson, Jeremy Ingle, Kendall Simmons and Bret Eddins.

*Coach Tommy Tuberville said before the A-Day Game that the Tigers would be vanilla on offense and defense for Saturday's game and he was on target. Overall, the defense held the upper hand in a game that was played with basic formations on both sides of the ball.

Tommy Trott races to the end zone for the only touchdown of the A-Day game, which came on the second possession for the first team offense.

*Surprisingly, the sportswriters voted for Brad Lester as the spring game MVP. He had a good game with 14 runs for 80 yards, but Tommy Trott was the most productive offensive player with the game's only touchdown and 112 yards on four receptions.

*Cornerback David Irons was voted the defensive MVP. He had one sack and five tackles and showed no ill effects of missing much of the spring practice work to academic projects as he tries to finish his degree work prior to the start of the 2006 season.

*Senior Kody Bliss was voted kicking game MVP. He averaged 46.8 on six punts.

*The Tigers got through the game without any serious injuries.

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