Sunday Auburn Football Practice Notes, Part I

News on happenings from the Auburn football team's practice field are featured.

Ryan Pugh Auburn, Ala.--News and notes from Sunday's practice are featured. It is the second day of preseason drills for the Auburn Tigers.

*DeRon Furr was a no-show at practice today and Tommy Tuberville said he doesn't know where he is. The former quarterback, an early graduate from Carver High in Columbus, Ga., requested a move to defense and was playing safety. Team sources said they are not expecting the true freshman to return.

Furr participated in spring training.

*Former Tiger signee and AU verbal commitment Eltoro Freeman stopped by practice on Sunday. He said he will be at Auburn in January after finishing classes at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College where he was a standout last season.

*Sophomore wide receiver Chris Slaughter had a good day catching passes and won praise from offensive coordinator Tony Franklin.

*Sophomore offensive lineman Ryan Pugh says he is looking forward to the pads going on this week. "So far I think we have looked pretty good on offense," he says. "There is going to be a lot of competition for playing time."

Ryan Pugh says he is looking forward to his sophomore season.

*Senior running back Tristan Davis, who missed virtually the entire season with foot injuries, has looked quick in the first two preseason practices. "My wheels are rotating pretty good and I burned rubber a little bit," he jokes.

Tristan Davis is shown in action at practice as he begins his final season playing for the Tigers.

*Defensive coordinator Paul Rhoads says that the early practices prior to pads can be valuable for newcomers. "When you are talking about the younger players, the biggest thing you can get out of them without the pads is who has got an awareness, who has got a sense about them when it comes to the game."

*Tailback Ben Tate says he has come to expect that preseason drills at the intramural fields will be a physical challenge. "You have just got to make sure you eat, drink plenty of fluids and get plenty of sleep," the junior says.

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