Wednesday Auburn Football Practice Notes

Auburn, Ala.--News and notes from Wednesday's Auburn preseason football practice, the first in full pads, is featured.

*A couple of players who had been dominant in pass rushing drills squared off today before lightning cut the practice short--defensive end Antoine Carter and right tackle Ryan Pugh. Carter went virtually untouched a couple of times off the edge and another time he bull-rushed Pugh deep into the backfield. Antonio Coleman did not participate in these drills once again (hamstring).

*Defensive lineman Jake Ricks fired off the line and knocked offensive guard Byron Isom flat on his rear in their first battle. However, Isom recovered and did well on the next three against Ricks.

*The receivers are looking much, much better this preseason than they were at this point last year. It looks like the high number of reps that are part of Tony Franklin's system are paying off. In one on ones against the defensive backs, the receivers are coming up with the ball a majority of the time. Mario Fannin looks a bit out of place because he's so big, but the former tailback has shown the ability to get open.

*Wide receiver Terrell Zachery was one of the surprises of the spring and he is continuing to play well this fall. Going against Zac Etheridge, Zachery out-jumped the safety for the football deep down the sideline and held onto despite Etheridge taking a hard swing at the ball in an attempt to jar it loose.

Eric Smith, a true freshman running back, has earned praise from his coaches for his play in his first week of practice.

*Tim Hawthorne hasn't gotten much mention this week, but the sophomore receiver continues to get open and has been consistent catching the ball.

*Redshirt freshman wide receiver Quindarius Carr made an outstanding diving catch on a post route.

*Junior Jerraud Powers continued to show his instincts for playing cornerback. He broke up a couple of passes on good routes and throws. He breaks on the ball very quickly and should be one of AU's top players this fall, regardless of position.

*Jason Bosley was out with a "back strain," but it is not believed to be serious.

*Auburn baseball coach John Pawlowski stopped by and watched the end of practice while out on a long distance jog. He is training for the New York Marathon that will be run in November and will participate to raise funds for charity.


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