Saturday Auburn Football Practice Notes

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

*The Tigers were originally scheduled to scrimmage in the stadium, but instead worked at the intramural fields in full pads on Saturday. Coach Tommy Tuberville has not decided when the Tigers will hold their scrimmage.

*Saturday was the first time the projected starting five offensive linemen worked together in 11 on 11 full contact drills this preseason. Joe Cope was back in the lineup and said he was thrilled to be back. That moved Jonathan Palmer back to right tackle from center. King Dunlap worked at left tackle and the senior guards, Ben Grubbs and Tim Duckworth were back in action after missing some practice time with minor injuries.

Senior Jonathan Palmer (79) knocks redshirt freshman defensive end Antonio Coleman off balance in a one-on-one pass protection and pass rush drill on Saturday.

*Checking out the linemen were some former Tiger offensive linemen--Jeremy Ingle, Danny Lindsey, Rhett Autrey and Rich Trucks stayed after practice to talk to the big guys in the trenches. Former Tiger kicker Phillip Yost was there to watch practice along with former Tiger QB Charlie Trotman.

*Also checking out practice were a pair of Auburn verbal commitments from Georgia--fullback John Douglas from Aquinas High in Augusta, Ga., and tight end Bailey Woods from Walton High in Marietta.

*Eddie Gran had praise for the improvement from true freshman tailback Mario Fannin. Gran notes that Fannin was a bit lost when drills started, but he is picking up the offense now.

The Tigers worked on kickoff returns with a variety of players getting looks as the deep return men. Gran says the leading candidates to be the main returners are still Brad Lester and Tristan Davis.

Other Tigers who worked as kickoff returners include Aairon Savage, Anthony Campbell, Mario Fannin, Rodgeriqus Smith, Pat Lee and Ben Tate.

Offensive line coach Hugh Nall makes a point to sophomore Andrew McCain (75). MCain played defensive end and defensive tackle last year before moving to offensive tackle in spring drills. Number 71 is guard Tyronne Green.

*Pat Sims saw action with the first defense at tackle next to noseguard Josh Thompson. Sims and Sen'Derrick Marks are battling for a starting spot with Christopher Browder returning to end from tackle.

*Tristan Davis won praise from Gran for making an impressive diving catch on an punt coverage drill as he downed the football just in front of the goal line.

*Cornerback Pat Lee had a good day in one-on-one pass coverage drills.

*Freshman Craig Stevens continues to make a move for playing time. Defensive coordinator Will Muschamp was so pleased with a play that he made in the 11 on 11 work that he hugged the linebacker.

*Walk-on Nathan Farrow got to work some with the first team at guard and is playing well this preseason, following up a solid spring when he made the move from the defensive line to offense. His new nickname from his teammates is "Nasty Nate."

Earlier in the week he looked very nasty in a one on one blocking drill without the helmets to teach the offensive linemen to keep their heads in the proper position. Farrow was accidentally smacked in the forehead by one of the freshmen defensive linemen. His face was covered with blood before the trainers got there and did some quick first aid.

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