AU Practice Receives Good Marks

A report on Wednesday evening's Auburn football practice is featured.

Auburn, Ala.---Redshirt sophomore wide receiver Tim Hawthorne said after Wednesday night's Auburn football practice that the Tigers are serious about getting ready for their season opener a week from Saturday.

"The offense is coming around real good," he says. "We are focusing on Louisiana-Monroe. We are not focusing down the road because that is how you get beat.

"We are working on details, perfecting those, and making sure we are ready for the game and I think we are going to be just fine. We had a wonderful practice today. The tempo was nice and even Coach Franklin (offensive coordinator Tony Franklin) said after practice that we had a nice practice. It was a cool day and we got a lot accomplished. We worked on the looks we think ULM is going to throw at us on the 30th."

The offense and the defense worked against the scout teams and did a brief 11 on 11 with the No. 1 offense going against the No. 1 defense.

"We've got our scout teams going today and that worked pretty well," head coach Tommy Tuberville said after a practice that lasted more than two hours. "We need a lot of work on both sides of the ball going against the scouts and what another team will do. We picked things up a little bit after the sun went down and it cooled off a little."

The Tigers will be back on the practice field on Thursday morning and will practice on Friday before taking the day off Saturday, a week before the opener.

Defensive lineman Mike Blanc, a redshirt sophomore who is running first team at noseguard, said he thought the Tigers made progress at Wednesday's practice. "We are looking forward to the first game," he said. "I am really looking forward to it now that I am finally healthy and my ankle isn't bothering me like it did last year."

In other news:

*Sen'Derrick Marks, who was slowed last week with what Tuberville says was a strained calf, looked like a "beast" in Wednesday's practice.

*Linebacker Craig Stevens was held out of most of practice with what Tuberville said was a "strained toe."

*Tuberville said the Tigers will continue to have contact through next Tuesday.

*The head coach said the experiment of moving Gabe McKenzie to defensive end from tight end is going well. McKenzie could see action in the opening game, Tuberville said.

Reggie Hunt News...

*Tuberville said after practice Wednesday evening that Auburn hadn't heard from the NCAA regarding Reggie Hunt, who has been awaiting word from the clearinghouse to be eligible this season. Tuberville said Thursday morning that they received the news that Hunt did not pass through the clearinghouse.

Hunt is expected to enroll at Copiah-Lincoln Junior College, take a redshirt in 2008, re-sign with Auburn and have three years to play three starting in 2010.

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