Auburn Friday Evening Football Practice Notes

News and notes from Auburn's spring football workouts are featured.

Auburn, Ala.--Notes from Friday's Auburn football practice, the fourth of 15 spring practices, are featured.

*Starting with the quarterbacks, Chris Todd practiced but did not throw a single pass. He did all of the footwork drills and went through several plays in the running game.

Todd, a junior who is a transfer from Hutchinson, Kan., Community College, is not expected to participate in the scrimmage on Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Offensive coordinator Tony Franklin said after practice that Todd won't be throwing until he gets his shoulder looked at again by doctors, which will be next week. Todd said that he suffered a grade three separation to the AC joint late in the season at Hutchinson.

Chris Todd (12) joined the program in January.

*Kodi Burns had perhaps his best day of the spring. Throwing fade passes into a trash can for a skills test, Burns hit the bottom of the bucket with his first toss, came close on his second and hit the top of it again a couple of throws later. Neil Caudle also looked sharp at times on Friday. With Todd out, the managers were really active throwing passes in drills because Franklin needs five passers to run some of his drills.

*Healthy running backs were at a premium on Friday. Tristan Davis did not practice after getting his toe stepped on in Thursday's practice. He had X-Rays and did not suffer a broken bone again, but is not expected to participate in the scrimmage. It's likely that he'll be back on Tuesday.

*Tailback Brad Lester showed up late to practice because of class. Two other running backs, Ben Tate and John Douglas, looked sharp catching balls out of the backfield. However, head coach Tommy Tuberville said that there is a possibility Tate (hamstring) may not be available on Saturday.

*Receiver Chris Slaughter had an outstanding day catching the football from his slot position. The Tigers worked briefly on special teams early in the practice with Slaughter, Robert Dunn and Ryan Williams fielding punts. Dunn made several good catches throughout the practice.

*Sophomore receiver Tim Hawthorne injured a forearm late in practice and his status is uncertain.

*A player who stands out physically is linebacker Craig Stevens, who looks ready for a breakout season after being bothered by injuries last season. He has huge arms and a small waist at 6-3, 220.

*One of Stevens' high school teammates from Lincoln High in Tallahassee, Fla., Mike Slade, looks impressive from his new safety position. He's in the 6-2 to 6-3 range and has room to add even more weight to his frame. Slade is running at second team safety.

*Even with Chris Todd being held out of practice, Tuberville said that the Tigers are still going to try to go upwards of 150 plays for Saturday's scrimmage at the stadium. Defensive coordinator Paul Rhoads said that will try to play the first team guys as much as Tuberville would let him.

*Similar to a couple of plays by Clemson in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, the Auburn offense tried to run a screen pass to Jerraud Powers' direction in 11-on-11. The result was similar too as the cornerback continues to show excellent instincts for knowing where to find the football. Safeties Zac Etheridge and Mike McNeil and corner Walter McFadden looked good as well in Friday's practice. Rhoads ran about 50 yards down field just to tell McFadden he did a nice job on a play.

The catch of the day goes to Quindarius Carr, who laid out for an overthrown out pattern and somehow got his toes in bounds. He had another solid day.

Former offensive guards Tim Duckworth (New Orleans Saints) and Ben Grubbs (Baltimore Ravens) were at practice on Friday. Also in attendance was Auburn signee Barrett Trotter of Briarwood Christian, who will join the competition at quarterback this summer.

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