Sunday, April 5, 2009

Early notes from Sunday's practice

Today, reporters were given the magnificent privilege of watching 25 minutes of Auburn's eighth spring practice.
Here are some of the details from the workout:

Receiver Montez Billings (unknown) is still sitting out practice. Trooper Taylor said he is banged up, but didn't offer any details. I will attempt to get some kind of detail to clarify the situation. Expect what I'm expecting, though: Nothin'.

Guys back from injury: HB Mario Fannin (ankle), S Zac Etheridge (shoulder) and WR Tommy Trott (knee). All three were in full contact jerseys.

Guys not participating: OLs Bart Eddins and Rudy Odom, LBs Da'Shaun Barnes and Adam Herring and DL Derrick Lykes.

Players practicing in no-contact jerseys: CB Aairon Savage (knee) and WR Philip Pierre-Louis (knee). Pierre-Louis said he is healthy when we last talked to him, but he didn't look healthy when I watched him.

Linebacker Eltoro Freeman split time working with the 1s today. He worked in front of Spencer Pybus at weak-side linebacker. That left the 1s with a lineup of Craig Stevens, Josh Bynes and Freeman.

Marcus Jemison is also working with the linebackers. The redshirt freshman came to Auburn last year as a safety. He broke his leg in a fight during an August practice and missed the entire season.

I didn't see this, but my colleagues Andys Gribble and Bitter of the OA News and Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, respectively, informed me that DE Antoine Carter was carted off the field with an apparent right foot injury.

Trooper Taylor, as always, put on an excellent show during practice. First thing I saw when I got to the field was Taylor running a drill where he took the padding from the bottom of the goalpost and swing it like a baseball bat at receivers trying to catch passes. Taylor knocked the ball away from both Terrell Zachery and Derek Winter.
Taylor also had some great comments, like this one after a walk-on dropped a pass: "I could make you a volleyball player yesterday."

Photo credit: Todd Van Emst, Auburn University

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