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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Quick practice notes: Tigers don full pads for first time this spring

Auburn practiced in full pads and even went over to Jordan-Hare Stadium Saturday in what was the Tigers' third practice of the spring.

"Today I thought was a good day in terms of the energy,' Auburn head coach Gene Chizik said. "It was a cool day, and I thought they were running around, very excited with a high level of energy"

The Tigers did some live inside drills, which are just short of going 11-on-11, Chizik said. The team also did two separate first-and-10 sessions that were live, except for quarterbacks.

"I thought we had some good physicality in those three periods," Chizik said. "We wanted to start out making it a physical day but also try to be smart in what we do, considering our numbers"

Some other quick notes:
  • Craig Stevens has been working at weak-side linebacker this spring. He played strong-side last year.
  • Safety Mike McNeil (leg) was able to go live with the hitting today.
  • All four quarterbacks -- Cam Newton, Neil Caudle, Barrett Trotter and Clint Moseley -- got reps today, although offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn said he'd like to narrow that group down. He did not give a timetable for doing so.
  • Mike Berry (knee) will not be participating in spring drills, offensive line coach Jeff Grimes said. Bart Eddins should get a good look at left guard in his place.
I'll be back with more notes and quotes, and hopefully some video, later.