Highly touted tailback Tre Smith is on the Auburn campus preparing for two-a-days, which begin when the freshmen report August 4. Smith will challenge for playing time behind starter Carnell Williams and back-ups Ronnie Brown and Chris Butler.
Smith and company will have the luxury of perhaps running behind big Marcus McNeill. Although it's normally a rarity to have a true freshman get playing time on the offensive line, McNeill has the size (6-9, 357) and agility (former high school basketball player) to make that happen this fall if needed.
McNeil is joined this week by former high school teammate Jonathan Palmer. At 6-5, 315 with good quickness off the ball, Palmer could probably play defense in college but is the prototypical offensive lineman in today's game of spread offenses that call for athletes up front.
While McNeill and Palmer are both likely tackle prospects that's not the case with Troy Reddick. Although he has the size to play outside at 6-5, 295, his strength and bulldozing mentality make him perfect for the guard spot. Because of the departure of David Walker earlier in the summer Reddick is perhaps the closest to receiving some playing time this fall if injuries occur.
An intriguing prospect is walk-on All-State quarterback Josh Sullivan from Little Rock, Ark. Recruited by several schools in the South, Sullivan chose to walk-on at Auburn to play both football and baseball. Possessing a strong arm with good mechanics, Sullivan doesn't appear to be the normal run-of-the-mill walk-on quarterback.