Tuesday AU Football Practice Notes

News, notes and player comments from Tuesday's Auburn football practice are featured.

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn is a relatively healthy football team heading into Saturday night's SEC opener at Mississippi State.

Coach Tommy Tuberville's Tigers Tigers worked for more than two hours in full pads on Tuesday and many of the players had a weight-lifting session after the workout. New and notes from the session include:

*Linebacker Craig Stevens said it was a good physical practice for the defensive players going against the scout team that was running Mississippi State's offense. The redshirt sophomore noted the scout team is trying to be as physical as possible to get the defense ready for State's power running game.

*Stevens also noted it is good to have a healthy linebacker corps. He remembers last year it was a battle to get through practices every day because of the injuries at the three linebacker spots.

*Running back Brad Lester said the practice was a fast paced one for the offense and was fairly intense despite not having much contact. Lester noted that he was expecting Eddie Gran to be yelling at the running backs after Lester, Ben Tate and Eric Smith each fumbled vs. Southern Miss last Saturday. However, Lester noted that the running backs coach was surprisingly calm and told the players it was the first time he ever had all of his backs fumble in the same game.

*Just because Gran wasn't yelling, doesn't mean ball security isn't a point of emphasis this week. Lester said protecting the football is a theme from the coaches and they can point back to last year's loss to Mississippi State in which the Tigers self-destructed with turnovers as a prime example of what not to do.

*Offensive guard Darrell Roseman, who has been battling a shoulder problem, is practicing again. Roseman, a redshirt sophomore who moved from defense to offense in preseason, missed the past two years with leg injuries.

*Another guard, redshirt freshman Kyle Coulahan, is still out with an illness. He is suffering from pneumonia.

*Running back Tristan Davis, who was shaken up on Saturday after having his ankle stretched, was full speed on Tuesday, Tuberville said.

*Running back/receiver John Douglas, who twisted his knee in the opener, is not ready yet and is considered "day to day," according to the head coach.

*The Tigers will return to practice on Wednesday evening.


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