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March 23, 2012

Spring football: Notes from the opening of Auburn’s spring practices

Auburn’s spring practice session opened this morning a little after 8:30 a.m. Being the first day of spring practice, it was an open viewing period for the first 20 minutes, so the beat writers had some time to take a look at the roster and make a couple of news and notes. For the most part, we didn’t see anything in the way of schematic stuff, mostly just stretching and special teams, but there were still more than a few personnel notes to be gleaned from the early viewing period.

For the better part of practice, the blog couldn’t help but pay attention to new offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler, who is about as intense and high energy as they come. Even in the warmup drills he was putting the quarterbacks through, Loeffler was intense and detail-oriented, telling quarterbacks to go back and do something as simple as a dropback over again if he didn’t like what he saw.

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  • Nosa Eguae, Jonathan Evans, Kenneth Carter, Ikeem Means and Ladarious Phillips were not on the practice field this morning. Eguae had offseason shoulder surgery, so that may be keeping him out. The other four are players we’ll ask Chizik about after practice.
  • T’Sharvan Bell was on the field, going through drills and wearing an enormous brace on his left leg.
  • All four early enrollees were present and participating. For those who don’t remember, it’s offensive lineman Patrick Miller, offensive lineman Shane Callahan, linebacker JaViere Mitchell and quarterback Zeke Pike.
  • There had been some speculation that Miller was trying to go back to LSU, but he was on the field and padded up right away.
  • Illinois transfer fullback Jay Prosch was on the field and wearing No. 35.
  • A couple of the position changes from the roster played out on the field. Anthony Morgan has moved to receiver, and both C.J. Uzomah and Blake Burgess were warming up with the tight ends.
  • Forrest Hill was handling deep-snapping duties on field goals. Jake Lembke was handling punts. No way to know if that’s the way they’re starting until we talk to special teams coordinator Jay Boulware, likely sometime next week.
  • Heavy rains forced practice into the indoor facility for the opening day of the spring.

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