Tigers Tune for Scrimmage and Make a Move

A large group of prospects attended Auburn's 10th spring practice that featured a position move as the Tigers prepare for Saturday's scrimmage.

Auburn, Ala.--The Tigers tuned up for their second major scrimmage of the spring with a two-hour practice on Thursday evening attended by hundreds of high school coaches on campus for Auburn's annual coaching clinic.

The session featured a position move as Harry Adams worked out at wide receiver, something that excited position coach Trooper Taylor.

"I had to do a little recruiting," Taylor said, noting he had to lobby head coach Gene Chizik to move perhaps the fastest player on the team from defense to offense.

Adams, a former 100-meter state champion at Dillard High in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., with 10.3 speed in that event, said he ran a 4.37 on his winter workout speed test for strength and conditioning coach Kevin Yoxall.

"I felt like I did pretty well for my first day back at receiver," said Adams, who noted that he is pleased to be playing offense again.

Taylor agreed, saying, "He has a lot to learn, especially getting the plays down, but I was pleased with what I saw, especially his speed. He has the potential to be a deep threat for us. That is something you can't coach. You have to add that to your team through an LOI (letter of intent)."

Adams, who said he currently checks in at 5-11, 185 pounds, said, "I believe if I keep working hard I can make an immediate impact." He said Saturday's scrimmage and the A-Day Game a week from are his "interviews" as a wideout.

However, the former cornerback said he believes the move to offense is permanent. "The coaches on offense told me they wanted me to come over there because they didn't have enough speed. Coach Chizik was in the middle of it. He made the choice. I was happy when I found out I was moving to offense and it wasn't a big surprise to me."

Harry Adams is also expected to get a chance to be Auburn's kickoff returner.

Chizik said he is looking forward to spending time over the next couple of days with high school coaches from around the state and other areas. "It's really neat to have so many high school coaches here and to rekindle a lot of relationships," he said. "There are so many good friends and we're happy to have all of these coaches here."

The Tigers, who completed their 10th of 15 spring practices on Thursday, spent the session in shorts and helmets after a steady diet the past two weeks of full contact drills.

"Today was more of a teaching-type day," Chizik said. "We wanted to slow it down and polish up some things. We're going to have our second scrimmage on Saturday, so our idea today was to slow it down and teach. It was not as much contact, but it was more into technique and polishing up some things."

Gus Malzahn watches Kodi Burns at Thursday's practice.

News and Notes: Several hundred high school coaches from around the southeast watched Thursday's practice. The coaches are in town for Auburn's annual coaching clinic that will feature seminars from a variety of high school coaches as well as Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn...Coaches from as far away as Missouri, Nebraska, Texas and Arkansas are among the visitors for Auburn's coaching clinic, which started on Thursday and will run through Saturday...Quarterbacks Kodi Burns and Neil Caudle worked with the ones in practice on Thursday. Barrett Trotter worked with the twos and did not have a good day throwing the football. Chizik said it is still too early to say there is a leader at the QB spot...Offensive tackle Lee Ziemba said he is still feeling good carrying 308 pounds. "I feel just as quick as I did last year playing at 280," he said...Running back Eric Smith was on crutches on Thursday after twisting his knee at the previous practice. Chizik said the injury isn't serious and said he isn't certain whether or not the sophomore will be able to practice again this spring...Another running back, freshman Onterrio McCalebb, is nursing a hamstring problem...Receiver Philip Pierre-Louis, who is coming back from knee surgery in September, is making progress and is allowed to have some limited contact work.

High schools across the state of Georgia are on spring and some talented prospects from the Peach State checked out the Tigers on Thursday. Defensive end prospect J.C. Copeland from Troup County High in LaGrange, Ga., attended the practice...Shaun Kitchens, Auburn's latest verbal commitment, stopped by on Thursday to watch practice. Kitchens, who is from Banneker High in College Park, Ga., is expected to play wide receiver for the Tigers as a member of the 2010 signee class. He attended the workout with teammates DeMarco McNeal and Demetruce McNeal, who are also being recruited by the Tigers. Kitchens committed to the Tigers last weekend. "I feel really good about my decision," Kitchens said. "I am glad I decided to commit to Auburn."...Clarence Jackson, a junior defensive end at North Clayton High in College Park, Ga., also attended practice...Offensive line prospect Kolton Houston from Buford High checked out the practice.


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