Sunday Auburn Football Practice Notes, Part 2

News, notes and quotes from the Auburn football Tigers are included in this report.

*The offense had a longer than normal practice on Sunday working on correcting mistakes from Saturday night's game.

*Kicker Wes Byrum, who made three field goals in three tries vs. South Florida, said Sunday after practice is ankle injury is improved and there is a chance he can kick off vs. Mississippi State, but that is still unknown early in the week.

*Chris Evans, who was filling at middle linebacker for Tray Blackmon, was Auburn's top defensive player in the game according to coordinator Will Muschamp, who liked his effort. Evans was credited with 14 tackles, the most for a Tiger since Karlos Dansby had 14 vs. Florida in 2002.

*On the subject of Evans, he played well enough that he is going to get a look at weakside linebacker so he can be in the game at the same time with Tray Blackmon when the sophomore middle linebacker starter returns. Tray was running at practice today with his ankle wrapped, but was a no-go on Saturday night after Muschamp decided he wasn't mobile enough on his injured ankle to be effective.

*Gabe McKenzie has caught a touchdown in each game this year. The last Tiger tight end to catch a touchdown in back-to-back games was Jack Schwieger vs. Idaho and LSU in 1999.

*Tim Hawthorne worked with the first team offense today at slot receiver. Robert Dunn, who has been No. 1 there, worked as one of the outside receivers.

Tim Hawthorne

*Defensive end Quentin Groves said he liked the defense's effort against the South Florida Bulls, but was disappointed the defense didn't force any turnovers. Groves had 10 QB pressures and a career-best nine tackles on Saturday night.


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