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Monday, April 12, 2010

Quick practice notes: Entering the doldrums of spring

Here's some quick notes and quotes from spring practice No. 11:
  • Auburn is down to its last four practices, which can be the doldrums of the spring. It wasn't the case Monday. "When you get to practice 11 in spring ball, you've really got to worry about the tempo going down," head coach Gene Chizik said. "The players are tired, they're a little beat up, but I thought today the tempo was really good."
  • No change on the quarterback front. As if we expected there to be.
  • John Sullen is wrapping up a solid spring, offensive line coach Jeff Grimes said. Sullen, a sophomore, has stepped in for the injured Mike Berry and Bart Eddins. He's lost some weight, Grimes said, and is playing more physical and efficient this spring, something that you'd expect after a year at college.
  • The Tigers might have another partial scrimmage before A-Day.
  • Chizik didn't know yet what the format for A-Day would be. It depends on the injury situation.
  • Chizik said not to read into both Eltoro Freeman and Mike McNeil being scratched from the interview list after every practice. But he did say both need to step up their play.
  • Jonathan Evans has been working with the ones at strong-side linebacker. Freeman has been backing up Josh Bynes in the middle.
  • Anthony Gulley-Morgan hyphenated his name to honor the family -- the Morgans -- that he's lived with the last couple years. He said it's been in the process for about three years, but it just recently got processed.
  • Your A-Day MVP predictions? There were a bunch. Mario Fannin went with either T'Sharvan Bell or Demond Washington on defense and either Cam Newton or Darvin Adams on offense.
  • Bynes went with Newton or Neil Caudle on offense if Auburn throws the ball a lot and Fannin or Onterio McCalebb if the Tigers run it a lot. On defense, he took Ikeem Means or Evans.
  • McCalebb, who's not short on confidence, chose himself as A-Day MVP. You've got to like that.
  • Bynes said Newton hasn't been live yet, so he doesn't know what it's like to tackle the 6-foot-6, 247-pound quarterback. He said he'd approach it no differently. "I know he's a big guy with nice side, but shoot, I'm big too," he joked. "I ain't little. So he's got to go down just like every other player I take down."


Anonymous said...

Bynes is picking either Newton or Caudle for passing MVP. Bynes generally has good judgement and thinks these are the best 2. So much for the rumors of Caudle's demise.

AUsome mom said...

I still think Cam has the job. I think Malzahn is looking for the
2nd string guy. Can't wait til Saturday!!