Wednesday Evening AU Football Practice Notes

News, including injury updates, from Auburn's Wednesday evening football practice are featured.

Auburn, Ala.--The Auburn Tigers practiced for one hour and 45 minutes on Wednesday evening in helmets, shoulder pads and shorts polishing the game plan for Saturday night's Southeastern Conference football opener vs. Mississippi State.

Coach Tommy Tuberville said it is obvious that it is the opening week of the SEC season with the players showing their excitement to begin league play in a nationally-televised game.

*Kickoff time for Saturday's game is shortly after 6 p.m. and the contest will be televised on ESPN2.

In other news and notes from Wednesday's practice:

*Auburn has had success moving defensive linemen to the offensive front in recent years. Another defensive lineman is making the move with redshirt freshman defensive end A.J. Greene from Brentwood, Tenn., Academy moving across the line of scrimmage.

Tuberville said that Greene, who has been battling hamstring and ankle problems, will get a look at guard and tackle in practice.

A.J. Greene will have a chance to play later this season, Tuberville said.

Earlier this year the Tigers moved defensive lineman Darrell Roseman to offensive guard. Roseman, who has been trying to come back from a shoulder injury after missing his first two falls with leg problems, has yet to play in a game for the Tigers.

*Tuberville said that a pair of players who had ACL surgeries are doing well in their rehabs. Cornerback Aairon Savage and receiver Philip Pierre-Louis have good range of motion with their knees.

T'Sharvan Bell

*Another Tiger who is rehabbing an injury, true freshman cornerback T'Sharvan Bell, was hurt in a pickup basketball game in preseason. Tuberville said Bell could be on the practice field in a couple of weeks and noted he could be ready to play sometime this season if needed although Bell is expected to redshirt.

*Another true freshman who is recovering from an injury, safety Marcus Jemison, could be ready to practice in November, Tuberville said. He broke a bone in his leg in a preseason practice.

*Despite success returning punts this year, the Tigers are still working on making improvements in that area as they prepare to play Sylvester Croom's Bulldogs. The Mississippi State coach said at his Wednesday press conference that his team will try to avoid punting the football to Robert Dunn, who is averaging 24.4 yards per return.

*Croom has an 18-31 record as head coach of the Bulldogs with a 1-3 mark vs. Auburn after winning last year's matchup 19-14 at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

*Running back and receiver John Douglas, who started game one and missed game two with a twisted knee, is still not ready to practice, Tuberville said.

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