AU Practice Notes: Good News on Running Back

News, notes and quotes from Auburn's Tuesday practice are featured.

Auburn, Ala.--The Tigers lightened up at Tuesday's practice both physically and mentally as Auburn moved into high gear with its on-the-field preparations for Saturday's home game vs. Tennessee.

"We normally go full pads on Tuesday, but we were just in shells today," said senior receiver Robert Dunn, who caught a touchdown pass in Auburn's 26-21 loss to LSU last Saturday night. "I think that was the best thing for the team. We are trying to get our legs back after a hard-fought game."

Commenting on the team's mental frame of mind after losing for the first time this season, Dunn said, "Mentally, we are all in it. The LSU game is over with now and we are preparing for Tennessee. The LSU game is in the past. We are going to learn from it, but we are not going to dwell on it and we will try not to make the mistakes again we had in that game."

Saturday's 2:30 p.m. nationally televised game on CBS vs. the Volunteers is the renewal of an old SEC rivalry that has been dormant since Auburn beat the Vols twice in 2004.

"I actually watched the Tennessee games in 2004 and 2003 and I know it was a real big game then and I don't expect it to be any smaller now," he says. "It is not really a rivalry, but it is a great game between two great schools. I hope we can give the fans what they want."

The Tigers worked out for two hours and 10 minutes on Tuesday in shorts, helmets and shoulder pads. "I thought practice went real well," Dunn said. "A lot of guys were focused. We had an error early in the season and that is a lot of motivation to not be lackadaisical."

Tommy Tuberville agree with the wide receiver, noting that he saw a lot of "good leadership" at the session.

In other news and notes from Tuesday's practice:

Brad Lester is a senior for the Tigers.

*Tuberville said the news on Brad Lester's MRI was good. He twisted his knee vs. LSU and has a knee sprain. The coach said to expect to see him back in action on Saturday after the senior was running in practice on Tuesday.

*Starting linebacker Craig Stevens, who is nursing a sore ankle, did not practice. Senior Courtney Harden and freshman Spencer Pybus are working at his strongside linebacker spot. Stevens says he expects to be ready to play vs. the Vols.

*Running back Tristan Davis continues to have medical issues. He missed practice on Tuesday after going "a little fuzzy" on Saturday night after being accidentally kicked in the head during a play. Tuberville said the senior is still battling headaches.

*Safety Zac Etheridge is nursing a "stinger" in his shoulder, but is expected to start vs. the Vols, Tuberville says.

*Clinton Durst returned to practice on Tuesday after being ill and not playing vs. LSU. He is expected to be the No. 1 punter again this week ahead of Ryan Shoemaker.

*Sophomore defensive end Michael Goggans, who twisted an ankle vs. LSU, is expected to be ready for the UT game, Tuberville said.

The Tigers will return to practice on Wednesday evening.


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