AU Preseason Football Photo Gallery 28

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

Sophomore tailback Ben Tate is challenging for the vacant starting assignment held by Kenny Irons last season.

Wide receiver Rodgeriqus Smith will be a scholarship player as a junior and is the favorite to be the team's leading receiver.

Junior wide receiver Robert Dunn had his best spring and is pushing for a starting job.

Quentin Groves is a returning All-SEC performer at defensive end for the Tigers. He will also play linebacker at times for Coach Will Muschamp's defense.

Freshman wideout Quindarius Carr tries to shake senior cornerback Patrick Lee on a deep sideline route.

Lorenzo Ferguson, who is trying to bounce back from offseason surgery, plays safety for the Tigers.

Sophomore Sen'Derrick Marks runs a footwork drill while defensive line coach Don Dunn (right) watches. Marks, a returning starter at defensive tackle, is scheduled to start at end this season, but could also play some DT.

Mario Fannin (27), a redshirt freshman tailback, works on his blocking using a heavy bag manipulated by his position coach, Eddie Gran.

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