More Auburn Wednesday Football Practice Notes

Additional notes, quotes and photos from the Auburn football practice field are featured.

*Linebacker Tray Blackmon says that losing Aairon Savage for the season to a knee injury is like losing a member of his family. Blackmon notes that his fellow junior was really looking forward to the upcoming season after making the move from safety to cornerback. "All I can do is really pray for him and pray for his family," Blackmon says.

*After having practice cut short on Wednesday evening, Blackmon says he is expecting a physical session on Thursday morning, the first day of two-a-days. The practice at 4:15 p.m. is expected to be in shorts.

*Blackmon says he has seen some good things from true freshman cornerback number nine (Neiko Thorpe).

*On the subject of Thorpe, again at Wednesday's workout he showed the ability to cover a lot of ground in a short period of time and displayed his long reach while defending passes.

*Senior Robert Dunn and freshman Philip Pierre-Louis had a good day catching punts. Pierre-Louis has made significant improvement this week. Dunn has been steady as had sophomore Chris Slaughter, who missed that part of practice while taking a final exam.

*Christian Thompson, a freshman from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., came to AU with a reputation as a physical player and has shown signs of that in practice.

Christian Thompson from St. Thomas Aquinas High, the 2007 Florida big school state champions, is shown at Wednesday's practice.

*In addition to the NFL scouts who visited practice on Tuesday, there was one at Wednesday's session from the Buffalo Bills.

*From what he has seen through five practices, Tommy Tuberville says he believes the field goal kicking will be fine with both Wes Byrum and his backup Morgan Hull handling those duties.

*On the punting, Tuberville says he hopes to "get a little more consistency" from the guys competing for the starting job--Ryan Shoemaker, Clinton Durst and Patrick Tatum.

*True freshman defensive end Cameron Henderson had some good plays in one-on-one drills. The newcomer from Shades Valley has a quick first step in pass rush drills.

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