AU Saturday Football Practice Notes, Part 1

News and notes from Saturday's practice, including updates on a variety of freshmen, are featured.

*Lee Ziemba worked with the first team at right tackle and is number one at the position, Hugh Nall says.

*Guard Byron Isom had a sore knee today and was held out of practice, but the injury doesn't appear to be serious and he should be back next week.

*Prospect Chase Thomas from Walton High in Marietta, Ga., attended Saturday's practice, which was in helmets, shoulder pads and shirts.

*Defensive coordinator Will Muschamp and Tommy Tuberville had high praise for the play of freshman defensive end Antoine Carter, who is likely to play as a true freshman.

*Muschamp also notes that Brent Slusher scrimmaged well at linebacker and could play as a true freshman along with fellow linebacker Bo Harris.

*Another true freshman expected to play is safety Michael McNeil.

*On offense, Ryan Pugh is running No. 2 at center and could see action as a true freshman.

*Defensive line coach Don Dunn says that tackle Jermarcus "Jake" Ricks had a strong scrimmage. It was his best performance since he got to Auburn. Defensive coordinator Will Muschamp also praised Ricks.

*Antwoin Daniels, who is running number two at right tackle, is also working at guard and has a chance to push for a starting spot there.

*Guard Leon Hart, who missed the scrimmage with an ankle sprain, is still not back at practice. Mike Berry is in position to win the starting right guard spot with Hart missing so much time, Hugh Nall says.

*Redshirt freshman Mike Blanc, who is battling an ankle problem and a wrist injury, was held out of much of Saturday's practice after scrimmaging on Friday night. Don Dunn notes that Blanc did not have as good of a scrimmage as the first one, but notes that is understandable considering his health.

*Dunn says Pat Sims and Josh Thompson were solid in the scrimmage.

*Former Tiger star and NFL player Frank Sanders was watching practice today. Frank says he is doing well and living in Birmingham.

*The kicking depth chart probably won't be announced until Sunday. Look for freshman West Byrum to be the No. 1 kickoff man and he has a good shot to be the No. 1 field goal guy ahead of walk-on freshman Graham Sutter, who has been very accurate.

*Offensive coordinator Al Borges notes the entire offense made significant progress from scrimmage one to scrimmage two, particularly the linemen.


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