"He'll probably be out four or five days," said head coach Tommy Tuberville. "Tomorrow we put on the shoulder pads and have a little more contact, but today we were just going through the basics and doing whatever you can do without pads on trying to stay injury-free."
Brandon Cox again missed practice because of flu-like symptoms, but backup Blake Field picked up the slack and had one of his better days. The junior, fighting to hold off three freshmen for the second-string spot, connected on impressive deep throws to Tommy Trott, Quindarius Carr and Robert Dunn. Tuberville said he is hopeful that his starting QB would be at practice Saturday at 9 a.m.
Dunn, the No. 1 slot receiver at the moment, caught an acrobatic pass in traffic down the middle of the field in pass skeleton drills, consistently got open in one-on-ones and had an impressive one-handed grab on an underthrown ball.
Dunn was sharp during summer workouts and has looked just as good during the first two days of preseason practice.
Sophomore defensive end Antonio Coleman was limited in workouts because of a pulled hamstring in mid-July and redshirt freshman end Darrell Roseman missed practice. "His grandfather died," Tuberville noted. "He'll be out here the first of next week."
"Everybody made it," he said. "We got good grades and everybody came through."
Tez Doolittle, Zach Gilbert and former players Andrew Turman and Jarrod Britt will pick up diplomas at Auburn graduation cememonies on Saturday.