Part 5, Auburn Football Scrimmage Notes

Information of offensive players, defensive Tigers and special teams is featured in this report.

*Four seniors left practice early to participate in graduation ceremonies across the street from Jordan-Hare Stadium at Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum. That group includes running back Tristan Davis, receiver James Swinton and linebackers Merrill Johnson and Courtney Harden.

*With Jason Bosley out of action with what coaches say is a back strain, Ryan Pugh worked as the number one center, moving inside from right tackle. Pugh's spot in the starting lineup was taken by Mike Berry.

*Bart Eddins, who also plays guard, has been getting work at tackle this week and he saw action at right tackle in the scrimmage. Lee Ziemba's backup at left tackle is Andrew McCain, a junior who has improved this week.

Sophomore Chris Slaughter catches a long pass from Chris Todd that went for a touchdown as freshman cornerback Neiko Thorpe gives chase.

*One of the more impressive catches of the scrimmage came from junior Montez Billings, who has been steady throughout the first eight practices.

*On the subject of impressive catches, junior tailback Ben Tate made several nice ones on Saturday and looks to be a running back that will be featured in the passing attack.

*Sophomore Patrick Tatum has fallen behind in the competition for the starting punting assignment, which appears to be a two-player race between returning starter and preseason All-SEC pick Ryan Shoemaker and walk-on Clinton Durst. As he did in the spring, Durst showed the strongest leg punting balls higher and farther down the field.

*Clayton Crofoot started the scrimmage as the holder for Wes Byrum, who was flawless on field goals. John Cubelic worked with both backup kicker Morgan Hull and Byrum.

Robert Shiver

*Senior deep snapper Robert Shiver, who has won praise from special teams coach Eddie Gran, had another good performance handling field goal and punt snaps.

*Junior college transfer defensive end Raven Gray, who is wearing a knee brace, is still working to regain his quickness he had prior to being injured last season and having to undergo surgery. He saw action in the scrimmage on Saturday.

*Freshman running back Eric Smith has mostly displayed his power style of running, but in the scrimmage showed he can make a tackler miss and displayed a nice stop-and-go move.

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