Stewart Pulls Hamstring at Friday PM Practice

The Tigers practiced for two hours in helmets and shorts on Friday evening.

Auburn, Ala.--True freshman fullback John Douglas was one of the highlights of the Friday morning practice, and it's a good thing because returning starter Carl Stewart pulled a hamstring during special teams work at the beginning of the afternoon session.

"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."

Tommy Tuberville didn't have anything new to report on Chris Slaughter or Nick Fairley, but had good news for the current players from an academic standpoint.

"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.

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