Auburn Football Practice Photo Gallery 20

Auburn, Ala.--Scenes from Auburn University preseason football practices are featured.

Freshman wide receiver Tim Hawthorne is battling to earn playing time on opening night.

Fullback Michael McLaughlin is practicing with the Tigers, but is not expected to be ready for game action until about a month into season as he continues to rehab from a knee injury.

Senior tight end Cole Bennett, a projected starter, makes a catch in practice.

Junior wide receiver Prechae Rodriguez runs a drill in Auburn's Sunday practice.

Offensive line coach Hugh Nall gets ready to watch his players like senior guard Tim Duckworth (76) do a blocking sled drill.

Auburn's new linebacker coach, James Willis, is shown at Sunday's practice as he begins his first game week as a full-time assistant on Tommy Tuberville's staff. Willis was a star player for the Tigers in the 1990s and then returned to AU after his NFL career to work as a graduate assistant coach.

Redshirt freshman Patrick Trahan (42) and fifth-year senior Will Herring (35) are two key players for the linebacker corps.

After a redshirt season last fall, Tommy Trott of Montgomery is expected to contribute to the offense this fall at tight end.

Head coach Tommy Tuberville throws a football that bounced his way during a kicking game drill.

Redshirt freshman tight end Tommy Trott, who was a star on offense in spring training, got off to a slow start in preseason, but has played well recently, Tuberville says. Trott is shown with tight ends coach Steve Ensminger.

Another redshirt freshman tight end, Gabe McKenzie, makes a catch in practice.

New team member Alex Rose watches Sunday's practice. As a partial qualifier, the wide receiver from Jacksonville, Fla., can participate in practices this season, but cannot play in games. He will be able to start practice with the Tigers on Tuesday after attending fall semester classes.

Before or after practices, Auburn's players can watch their new television in their locker room at the football complex.

Construction crews just finished remodeling the team's meeting room, which includes heavy duty chairs as part of the upgrade.

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