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April 8, 2013

Auburn notes: No spring practice Monday, Toomer’s Oaks wood made into mementos, Dameyune Craig enters Tiger Trail

Dameyune CraigBY AARON BRENNER | abrenner@ledger-enquirer.com

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AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn canceled its eighth scheduled spring practice Monday morning, its first change to the format in two weeks. The team held positional meetings but was not on the field.

There was no reason given for the change, and a reschedule plan hadn’t yet been determined.

Theoretically, since there are no more consecutive-days breaks leading up to April 20, Auburn could hold an additional practice after A-Day.

The Tigers return to the practice field Wednesday.

Remembering Toomer’s: Once they’re removed safely, wood chunks of Toomer’s Oaks will be licensed and distributed as mementos to Auburn fans, Auburn University announced Monday.

All money collected from the sale will be placed in a scholarship fund for Auburn students, and the university will be working with several licensed manufacturers to turn the trees into keepsakes.

“This is a very special way for the Auburn Family to remember one of our best-known traditions,” said Debbie Shaw, vice president for alumni affairs. “Generations of our fans have gathered beneath the oaks over the years, and it is fitting that future generations of students will benefit from the scholarships they will provide.”

The final rolling of Toomer’s Oaks will be on A-Day, April 20, following the football team’s public scrimmage at Jordan-Hare Stadium. The trees will be removed April 23.

Harvey Updyke was sentenced March 25 to three years in prison for criminal damage of an agricultural facility, poisoning the trees in 2010.

The university is urging fans to look for a specially-designed Auburn Oaks licensed hangtag to ensure they purchase official merchandise, of which proceeds go to the scholarship fund.

Dameyune Craig joins Tiger Trail: Former Auburn quarterback Dameyune Craig is one of six Auburn legends who will be inducted to the Auburn Chamber of Commerce’s Tiger Trail on April 19, the day preceding A-Day.

Craig was a 2-year starter for the Tigers, recording an 18-7 record in 1996-97. His 216 completions and 3,227 passing yards in 1996 still stand as school single-season records.

After spending the past three years as a Florida State assistant, Craig is now Auburn’s wide receivers coach and co-offensive coordinator.

The class is rounded out by men’s golfer Jimmy Green, women’s basketball forward Lauretta Freeman, equestrian Lindsay Neubarth, men’s basketball forward Jimmy Fibbe and baseball third baseman Jim Barfield.

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