Tigers Breeze Through Evening Practice

The Tigers practiced for just an hour and a half on Tuesday evening to rest for Wednesday's scrimmage.

Auburn, Ala.--After a physical morning practice in the heat to start two-a-days, the Tigers had a light workout in shells with cooler temperatures in the evening practice.

Making things easier for the whole team was the kickers, who had to make two of three field goals from 42 yards or the team would have to run wind sprints following practice. John Vaughn, Zach Kutch and Matt Clark all drilled their kicks straight down the middle. At the previous practice all three missed the key kick on Sunday evening and forced a running session.

The short practice was used mostly to work on special teams and run through plays in 11 on 11.

"It was the first day of two-a-days and it was awful muggy," said head coach Tommy Tuberville. "We got a lot done this morning. This afternoon was more to correct what we did wrong this morning. We had a good attention span and got most of our kicking game in. Tomorrow we start on a little more kicking game. Other than that everything is in good shape."

Coach Greg Knox tried to make it more difficult for the punt returners to field the punts, but to no avail as Lee Guess makes the catch.

Plans for Wednesday have changed as the Tigers will hold a short scrimmage at 9:45 a.m. with no afternoon practice. Tuberville said that it would likely last 30 to 35 plays.

"We'll do basically what we just did, but some of it will be live," he noted. "It won't be any moving up and down the field or any of that kind of stuff. There will be a little more contact."

Saturday's scrimmage, which is schedule for 10 a.m. at the stadium, is subject to change depending on the team's health, the coach said. "It just depends on how many guys we have healthy coming back, especially after tomorrow," Tuberville noted.

Commenting on injured linebacker Steve Gandy, who had surgery on his thigh on Monday, Tuberville would not speculate on a timeline for his return to action.

"They operated on him yesterday and he'll be out an indefinite period of time," Tuberville noted. "It was to relieve some pressure off some fluid on his thigh. He's in the hospital, but we hope to get him out the next couple of days."

Center Joe Cope, who has missed four practices because of an MCL sprain in his knee, should return to action within the week. In his absence, Jonathan Palmer has moved from tackle to center while Antwoin Daniels and Leon Hart have filled in at tackle with the first team.

Daniels again looked solid in one on one pass protection drills on Wednesday and is making a move for playing time at right tackle.

"That's a good question and that's what we're still evaluating," said offensive line coach Hugh Nall when asked who would get the snaps in a game between Daniels and Hart. "I ran them both with the ones today. I'll go and watch the film tonight, grade that a little bit and try to make a decision off that."

Another player who looked good in one on one linemen drills was Sen'Derrick Marks. The redshirt freshman defensive tackle beat starting guard Tim Duckworth on three consecutive tries.

After putting on 30 pounds since last year, Sen'Derrick Marks has been solid at the three-technique in the early parts of preseason camp.

In 11 on 11 drills, receiver Montez Billings continued his hot play by finding the end zone on consecutive plays. Cornerback Zach Gilbert, who is seeing time mostly in nickel and dime formations, laid out for an impressive pick. Jerraud Powers and Eric Brock also made athletic plays in the end zone for interceptions.

Vaughn, Kutch and Clark were also all good from 23 yards. Vaughn and Kutch made their attempts from 34-yards out, while Clark had the only miss of the day from 34.

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