OL Does The Shuffle In Sunday Practice

Sunday was a new day for senior offensive lineman Tyronne Green.

Auburn, Ala.--Despite a 100-play scrimmage the day before, the Auburn Tigers didn't take it easy on Sunday as coach Tommy Tuberville put his team through the paces for just over two and a half hours on a cool afternoon on the Plains. It was a day of experimentation for the Tigers as starting center Jason Bosley (twisted back) and backup Ryan Pugh (scratched in the eye) both missed practice, leaving the job to a new man in the middle.

"He got scratched in the eye," Tuberville said of Pugh. "It's kind of like Clayton (Zach Clayton) last week. It was good to put Tyrone (Tyronne Green) at center because you're going to need three centers. We took today to work him at center. Obviously we missed a few snaps but that's going to happen.

"(Bosley) is much better," he added. "It's any day now. We're not in a hurry with him, especially when you've got a sore back. You don't want to go through too many two-a-days."

A former defensive lineman, Green had never even played offense until moving over there as a freshman at Auburn. Sunday he took on a new job as the first-team center and said while he did okay, he doesn't want to make it a permanent move.

"It's definitely different than left guard," Green said. "You've got to make calls and tell everybody else what they are doing and who they've got. Then you've got to snap the ball and get back and get on your guy. I've definitely got a lot more respect for my teammates Bosley and Pugh at center."

With the changes up front it's no surprise that the defense had a good day as the offense misfired on occasion. Tuberville said that he was glad to see his team respond physically after a first scrimmage where he saw some fatigue from his team. He said with Tony Franklin's offense he's not concerned about his team's condition because working against the offense will make his defense much better as well.

"It was a good day to practice," Tuberville said. "We've got only six more days of two-a-days, although only three left in terms of being able to go twice. We're going to work a lot on the kicking game this week. We got something done in the scrimmage. We got mentally and physically tired after about 60 or 70 percent of it. Most of the guys got 30 to 35 plays.

"Right now we're just trying to worry about fundamentals and technique. We'll worry about conditioning next week when we start school. It was a good scrimmage but we've got a lot to work on."

Sophomore linebacker Craig Stevens had a big day for the defense on Sunday and looks ready to emerge on the strong side for the Tigers.

There was a scare on Sunday as freshman defensive back Harry Adams was injured during a hook up drill where they practice on form tackling and had to be taken from the practice field by ambulance. Tuberville said it was for precautionary measure only.

"He got the breath knocked out of him," Tuberville said. "He couldn't get his breath so they just went precautionary to make sure he didn't have anything else wrong with him. He got a lot better they said once they took him out."

Clayton continues to look good in pass rush drills and team drills as he is currently behind Sen'Derrick Marks at the tackle position. If he continues his play it won't be surprising to see him in the game in third down situations. Tez Doolittle also worked some in team drills and looks to be moving better.

Looking back on Saturday's scrimmage, Tuberville said that several more players stood out to him as having a good day in addition to names like Spencer Pybus, Eric Smith, and Philip Pierre-Louis from the freshman class.

"Christian Thompson looked good," Tuberville said. "He's got a lot to learn but he made some plays defensively. Jomarcus Savage, the thing about defensive linemen is that it's so physical every down and they're not used to that. I think he's going to have a chance to play.

"D'Antoine Hood made some plays," he added. "The thing about corners is just getting out of position and knowing what they're doing. On the offensive side of the ball Philip "Frenchie" Pierre-Louis did pretty good. He's quick. We're going to practice them all this week and we'll find out who we're really going to war with in terms of wide receivers. We're going to have some guys to pick from. There's a lot of completion there. These younger guys are pushing them."

The Tigers will return to the practice field for two on Monday with the first in full pads at 8:15 a.m. The second practice is scheduled for 5:45 but is subject to change.

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