Sunday Auburn Football Practice Notes, Part I

News, notes and quotes are featured in this report from the Auburn football practice field.

Montez Billings Auburn, Ala.--News and notes from Sunday's Auburn football practice are featured.

*The defense held the upper hand in the 11 on 11 work at Sunday's practice after the offense held the upper hand in Saturday's scrimmage

*Tray Blackmon was back after practice after having to sit out on Saturday because he had a boil on his fanny that had to be lanced. Blackmon says he is pleased with how the defense performed today after noting the offense held the upper hand for much of the scrimmage on Saturday.

*Tommy Trott made a circus catch in the 11 on 11 work in Sunday's practice, grabbing a ball with one hand and just barely getting his foot in bounds at the same time.

*Tyronne Green got work at center today with Jason Bosley out (strained back) and Ryan Pugh out (poked in the eye on Saturday). The Tigers also worked Mike Berry some at center as well as walk-on Clay Clark, a freshman from Auburn High.

*Zach Clayton had a strong day in practice in the one-on-one drills and won praise from defensive line coach Don Dunn on how he played in the scrimmage and throughout the past week. "Zach has really got better at using his hands," Dunn says.

*For part of the scrimmage, Clayton worked side by side with Tez Doolittle. Both were standout players at Opelika High School. Doolittle continues to make progress after missing the 2007 season with an injury.

*Walk-on running back Justin Albert from Prattville is still rehabbing his knee after having December surgery. He says he is making progress and hopes to be cleared to play fairly soon.

Sophomore Wes Byrum kicks a field goal in practice. He did not have a miss in Saturday's scrimmage, but special teams coach Eddie Gran says the sophomore needs to work on getting his kicks higher.

*Walk-on offensive lineman Andrew Parmer from Dalton, Ga., had a good day in the one-on-one drills vs. the defensive freshmen defensive linemen.

*Andrew McCain, the redshirt junior, had a good day in the one-one-one drills. He was able to pass protect successfully against Auburn's top two rushers--Antonio Coleman and Antoine Carter.

*Philip Pierre-Louis had two impressive catches on deep sideline routes in the one-on-one drills on balls thrown by Chris Todd. The true freshman caught a long pass in the scrimmage on Saturday.

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