Earlier this week some fans asked about injuries. Today it is time to take a look at players that were injured and where they are in their recoveries.
Deangelo Benton has a cast on his hand and did not participate in practice on Thursday.
Travante Stallworth is back and performing well after recovering from knee surgery.
Philip Pierre-Louis is back and performing well after knee surgery.
Mike McNeil is playing at 100 percent after recovering from a broken leg.
Aairon Savage is back and performing well after a ruptured tendon.
Zac Etheridge is back and playing cautiously after recovering from a neck injury.
For those that have questioned the solidity of the starting quarterback position, it is very obvious that Cameron Newton is in charge. He is getting first team reps at practice and is a very vocal leader for the team. This is his team and it shows from his attitude and actions, as well as those of his teammates.
All of the defensive and offensive linemen have started fall practice and are healthy.
Everyone assumed freshman Ryan White was recruited to be a defensive back. He is actually being given a chance at wildcat quarterback. He was working with Gus Malzhan at practice today.
Coach Trooper Taylor had some really interesting things to say about freshman Shaun Kitchens. “He is physical and he’s a guy that fundamentally has got a ways to go, but as far as eyes and hands and going up after the football, he has no fear.”
Coach Curtis Luper said that 290 lb. freshman Ladarius Phillips is the heaviest running back he has ever coached. He also said that Phillips can stand flat footed and do a back flip. He was very positive on his athleticism.
Coach Gene Chizik said the Tigers will be in pads for practice on Friday. He has also mentioned that some practice schedule changes might be in order to avoid the intense heat.
Here is some more information and photos courtesy of the Auburn athletic website.
This is an interview with coach Gene Chizik from day one of practice courtesy of Auburn Eagle TV.