Wednesday AU Football Practice Notes, Part 1

News, notes and quotes from Auburn's first practice on Wednesday are fatured.

Auburn, Ala.--News and notes from the first of two Auburn football practices are featured.

*Following rain all evening and early in the morning, the Tigers practiced at the football complex on their artificial turf field instead of the intramural fields.

*Defensive tackle Darrell Roseman, who missed the last two seasons with leg problems, had metal rods inserted in both legs. Roseman had a good start to preseason drills, but is currently sidelined because of the problem is giving him pain. Defensive line coach Don Dunn says he expects the redshirt sophomore to be back in action in several days.

Darrell Roseman

*The Tigers wrapped up the practice that lasted just under two hours with 11 on 11 work and the defensive line stayed for an extra session that included drills on recovering loose footballs.

*The Tigers held their front line running backs out of practice and gave walk-ons Anthony Jemison and Michael Gibson plenty of work along with newcomer Eric Smith, who looks like he will play this fall.

*Redshirt sophomore defensive lineman Zach Clayton continued to do well in the one-on-one drills vs. the offensive front, a trend that has been going on for a week.

*Junior linebacker Tray Blackmon says he likes what he is seeing from the new Auburn offense. "They have progressed every day," he says. "They are running, gunning, throwing and come out and work every day, too. We give them a good look and they are also giving us a good look. They compete, work hard and have guys who want to get better. I think they are going to have a lot of success this year."

*Looking at the big picture for his team and personally, Blackmon says, "I am really looking forward to the season. This should be a big year for us as a team, but also I am looking forward to this being my big year. Barring injuries, it is looking like this could be the year."

*D'Antoine Hood says he is encouraged how his preseason is going although he admits that the grind of two-a-days with its practices and meetings has been a grind. "I am just trying to keep focused all of the time," he says, noting that is advice he received from his uncle, Roderick Hood, a former Tiger standout who plays cornerback for the Arizona Cardinals.

*Freshmen cornerbacks D'Antoine Hood and Neiko Thorpe have displayed quick feet in one-on-one and two-on-two drills with secondary coach Paul Rhoads.

Kyle Coulahan (58) competes against Jake Ricks in a one-on-one drill.

*Redshirt freshman offensive guard Kyle Coulahan, a member of the 2007 signee class who Auburn coaches were hoping would step up and make a push for playing time in his second season, doesn't look like he is ready to break into a second string role based on his preseason performance.

*True freshman wide receiver Darvin Adams, a camp standout at Auburn last summer going into his high school senior season, looks like he will break into the playing rotation this year.

*Robert Shiver continues to have a good preseason snapping on field goals and punts.

*Senior walk-on Jonathan Vickers continues to work at second team with at safety along with redshirt freshman Mike Slade.


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