Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Lineup moves for Savage, offensive linemen

AUBURN -- News and notes from Auburn's Tuesday morning football practice, the team's first after a 12-day break for spring break:

-- CB Aairon Savage moved to the first-team defense. A former starter at safety, he changed positions at the start of spring practice and has adjusted well enough to move to No. 1, ahead of Walter McFadden.

-- On the offensive line, coach Hugh Nall made temporary moves to work players at different positions. He moved starting right tackle Ryan Pugh to backup center and moved backup center Mike Berry out to right tackle, behind Andrew McCain. Nall said Berry has had enough work at center, and all wants to get Pugh time there. Nall wants to have three good options at center. Veteran Jason Bosley remains the No. 1 center, and Pugh will be the No. 1 right tackle.

-- Running backs Ben Tate and Brad Lester practiced Tuesday after missing all or part of spring practice. Tate was back after battling ankle and hamstring injuries. Lester was held out of the last scrimmage because the coaching staff wanted to look more at the passing game. Both running backs are expected to play in Saturday's A-Day game.

-- Auburn offensive coordinator Tony Franklin said sophomore Kodi Burns and junior-college transfer Chris Todd are rotating as the No. 1 quarterback, and that he considers the two co-starters. Franklin said that's how things will work in Saturday's A-Day game and that competition will carry into the summer. Neil Caudle is a backup for the two, and true freshman DeRon Furr has "a long way to go" to be ready.

-- Defensive end Antonio Coleman will undergo an examination on his neck later this week. Pending results, he could play in Saturday's A-Day game. He's been out since sustaining a cervical sprain in Auburn's March 1 scrimmage.

More in Wednesday's Star.

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