Tiger Football and Basketball Tidbits

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Starting with football:

*Jason and I were both totally impressed with the play of redshirted freshman defensive lineman Zach Clayton in today's practice. He was excellent in one-on-one drills in the regular portion of practice and he continued to give the offensive linemen problems in one-on-one drills.

*Junior safety Eric Brock was back at practice moving nicely. Having him healthy and in the starting lineup should be a big plus for the defense in the bowl game.

*On the subject of the redshirt junior Brock, he will pick up his diploma on Friday along with another redshirt junior, cornerback Patrick Lee. Kenny Irons is joining his brother as a graduate along with walk-on special teams performer and backup safety Brant Haynie.

*Justin Bruce, who came to Auburn as a promising tight end signee, will pick up his degree, too. He attended Auburn on a medical hardship redshirt when doctors wouldn't allow him to play because of concerns with a potential neck problem.

*On the subject of Kenny Irons, he looked quicker in practice today than he has been since suffering an injury on opening night vs. Wshington state. Kenny was not limping either.

*Irons and the other seniors will be in Birmingham tonight for the annual watch banquet that is run by the Jefferson County Auburn Club.

*Another player who was moving much better at practice today was Brandon Cox. For the first time since the LSU game, the quarterback practiced without having his legs and ankles wrapped with tape and braces.

*Offensive guard Tyronne Green is a player who has impressed us since preseason 2005 when he made the move to offense. He looked good at practice today and will be tough to keep out of the starting lineup next year.

*Last, but probably not least on the interest level for today's football tidbits, the whopper, big noseguard Greg Smith, returned to full contact work at practice today. The redshirting juco transfer still needs to drop weight and improve his quickness. He got off to a rough start in the one-on-ones with the full group at practice, but did show improvement at the second part of practice that just included the young players.

Turning to basketball:

*Freshman Kelvin Lewis (foot stress fracture) is continuing to make progress. He was moving well at practice today and could see playing time on Saturday vs. Wofford, Jeff Lebo says.

*Another player who looked good at basketball practice on Thursday is Quan Prowell. His first game to play will be on the 19th vs. Tennessee State. Lebo plans to play him at as many as three positions--small forward, power forward and even center. When you see him play you will likely be impressed at how quickly he gets off the floor to block a shot or take one.

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