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April 1, 2013

Quick observations from Auburn practice #4: Grimes, Garner won’t tolerate Monday fatigue (Watch video of slant/screen throws)


BY AARON BRENNER | abrenner@ledger-enquirer.com

AUBURN, Ala. – Sounds like some guys have got a Case of the Mondays.

Remember what Gabe Wright said about not having any nice coaches? Especially on the offensive and defensive line? J.B. Grimes and Rodney Garner were nowhere near a tranquil mood to kick off the second week of spring practices bright and early Monday morning.

It was hot and humid coming off Easter Sunday – it rained overnight – which had to be difficult for the big boys between 250 and 320 pounds. Grimes and Garner weren’t interested in fatigue playing a factor.

Playing the part of drill sergeant Monday, Grimes in particular really took second-team center Alex Kozan to the cleaners for poor technique in a basic blocking drill. Over at the five-man sled, Grimes forced Kozan, Tunde Fariyike and Devonte Danzey to redo a push three times, impelling them to block lower.

Garner also asked a couple D-linemen for a do-over going under “The Chute”, one of those trampoline-looking structures that keeps ends and tackles low to the ground.

I even heard a specific mention out of Grimes’ mouth of “3-9” followed by “wake your (rear ends) up”. Yeah, you know the coaches are using that as fuel. It’s a new day … doesn’t mean yesterday didn’t happen.

More news and notes from our 30-minute window: 

-       Our last five-minute viewing session was an 11-man offensive session with quarterbacks Kiehl Frazier and Jonathan Wallace alternating quick slants and screens. Tailbacks catching balls in the backfield were Tre Mason, Corey Grant and Cameron Artis-Payne; receivers were Sammie Coates, Melvin Ray and Jaylon Denson. (Reed and Bray were returning punts at the time.)

-       Of the dozen passes we saw, pretty much all throws were on point and there were no drops. Walk-ons were serving as scout-team defense.

-       First-team offensive line has remained the same for a week: LT Greg Robinson, LG Jordan Diamond, C Reese Dismukes, RG Chad Slade, RT Patrick Miller. Three returning full-time starters, plus Miller keeps his job over the healed Avery Young and Diamond has been tabbed to replace John Sullen.

-       Second-team offensive line left to right: LT Shon Coleman, Fariyike, Kozan, Danzey, Young. Both units are still in pencil, but no other unit values chemistry and cohesion more than offensive line. This matters.

-       Punt returner candidates ranked numerically: Trovon Reed, Jonathan Jones, Quan Bray, Jonathon Mincy.

-       Cody Parkey was a little off-target Saturday outside at Jordan-Hare Stadium, but the senior kicker was much polished indoors Monday during the fire-drill field goal kicking. He connected from 36, 39, 42 and 45 yards, tucking the longest try inside the right upright.

-       Try walking by any of the booming loudspeakers on the practice field when the air horn signaling a new session blows. That’s reeeeeeeeally pleasant at 8 a.m. when you’re not expecting it.

-       It’s possible the three junior college transfers already enrolled – RB Artis-Payne, OL Danzey and DT Ben Bradley – are a little behind the rest of their groups. Nothing’s guaranteed to jucos. Remember that when QB Nick Marshall gets here this fall.


  1. “This video is private” ??

    Comment by David — April 1, 2013 @ 10:25 am

  2. Yeah, that was weird. Fixed. Sorry ’bout that.

    Comment by Aaron Brenner — April 1, 2013 @ 10:31 am

  3. Hey, now lookie here, y’all, Monday fatigue and seriously any kind of non-bona-fide fatigue will not be tolerated. We are blessed that the Aaron Brenner and the rest of the staff will give us the truth and maintain the solid reputation of Auburn beat writers for the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer.

    Comment by ProAnnouncer — April 1, 2013 @ 2:20 pm

  4. The three JUCO guys are behind? Surprise, surprise. I tried to tell some fellow fans that those JUCO signees would have a hard time breaking into the starting lineup. All I heard was “You don’t sign JUCO players to ride the bench” and “They’re more ready than you think.”

    While we needed depth and we had three “use ‘em or lose ‘em” scholarship slots for early enrolees, with our returning talent it will be very hard for a JUCO guy to break through. If the guys that enrolled early are having a tough time, what does that say about those that didn’t qualify for EE? They’ll have an even tougher time.

    Comment by MikeP — April 2, 2013 @ 9:52 am

  5. I agree on the Juco’s. There are exceptions but most are not ready and some are not talented. always a gamble.
    I thought I saw Callahan #77 doing all the work on the second unit. Is Avery Young just getting the glory and not doing any work. Whats up with that. Tired of the Glory Boys on this team. I say “you do the work or sit on the bench”.

    Comment by Jon Jones — April 2, 2013 @ 4:11 pm

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