Thursday AU Football Practice Notes, Part 1

Auburn, Ala.--News and notes from Auburn's Thursday football practice are featured.

*The NCAA has become strict about handing out medical redshirts to freshmen who play in three or less games--no more hangnails or tweaked hamstrings. With that in mind, the Auburn coaches will spend time this weekend figuring out which freshmen they want to go ahead and play in the season opener against Louisiana-Monroe on Aug. 30 and which ones will stay on the scout teams and redshirt.

Friday's practice will be a walk-through type after a good deal of full contact on Thursday. Tommy Tuberville said after Thursday's practice that Friday's session may be brief so that the players who choose to go home for the weekend can get out of town at a decent hour. There will be no practice on Saturday.

*Sunday's practice will be used for game plan and scout team work, which would be a normal Tuesday during the season. It looks like Sunday may be a determining day for true freshmen on whether or not they will be playing in the opener.

*Last year Tuberville used as many true freshmen as any time in his career. He says that somewhere in the neighborhood of 10 may be used this year. Eric Smith, Philip Pierre-Louis, Jomarcus Savage, Neiko Thorpe, D'Antoine Hood, Harry Adams and Christian Thompson are some of the most likely candidates to play.

*Freshman defensive end Jomarcus Savage was out at practice but not participating in contact work with "a banged up shoulder," according to the head coach. However, the report on the talented newcomer is that he could be full speed for the opener.

*Redshirt sophomore offensive lineman Bart Eddins is still "a few days away" from practicing, according to Tuberville. However, he was jogging on the side today at practice and wants to get back out there. He has been working at right tackle and can also play guard.

*Tristan Davis has missed time lately with an hamstring injury. Tuberville said that if he's not 100 percent by August 30th then he would not play vs. Louisiana-Monroe. That is still far from being determined though.

*As customary this time of the year, the seniors will meet at Tuberville's house tonight to share their opinions and concerns of the team. The menu includes steaks that are close to two inches thick.

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