Friday Auburn Practice Notes And Quotes

Notes and news from Auburn's Friday morning football practice.

Defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks has said he wants to be the best player at his position in the country. On Friday defensive coordinator Paul Rhoads said he's happy he's got players that want to be the best, but it doesn't mean he's there yet.

" "I'm glad that's what he wants to be and in his mind that's what he's setting out to be," Rhoads said. "Sen'Derrick is working hard. If he says it again be sure to remind him he's not at that point yet."

Normally the first scrimmage of the fall is a time to give young players a chance to stand out and separate from the pack in the quest for playing time. This season is a little different with a first-year coordinator who said he's got to look at everyone as early as possible to make sure they're capable of playing.

"We've got to see if everybody will tackle," Rhoads said. "I don't want to wait until Aug. 30 to tackle with anybody. We'll get those ones and twos a normal dosage of reps. What that is we haven't talked about yet. Then we'll get the other folks on the roster enough reps to see who is ready to go."


Kicker Wes Byrum was one of the happiest players on the team following Friday's practice because both he and Morgan Hull made 46-yard field goals to end the practice na keep the team from running. Byrum said that kind of pressure is the only thing that can come close to duplicating what you face in a game.

"We both missed one before we went for the run," Byrum said. "Coach Tubs (Tommy Tuberville) turned to me and told me I better get ready. I saw Yox (Kevin Yoxall) putting the cones out so we knew we were going to have to kick for running. We came through and made them.

"It's good because you get all the guys on top of you," he added. "We don't do what they do through two-a-days. We don't want to make them run on our behalf. The day is so hard for them. I don't want to make them run extra. It feels good to not have to run afterwards."


One of the wide receivers making the biggest mark in the preseason is senior Robert Dunn. A veteran having playing all three seasons in Al Borges' offense, Dunn said on Friday that he's very happy to be having a chance to finish his career in an offense that spreads the field and the ball around like the one Franklin employs.

"It's a whole lot of fun," Dunn said. "I can't really explain it. I just enjoy being out here every day. I enjoyed it last year, I just like to play football. The receivers are really involved in this offense. That's what we mainly do is pass. We've got two great quarterbacks to throw us the ball. Last year we had a whole lot of questions about receivers not being able to catch and not having a deep threat. Now it looks like we have everybody on the team (as a deep threat). I feel like we have a whole lot of talent and it's looking real good this year for us."

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