AUBURN, Ala. — Reporters were permitted to view a little more than 20 minutes of practice on Tuesday, which marked the first session of the spring for Auburn. Here are some thoughts and observations from the open portion of practice.
- The first thing that stood out were the players who weren't there: Safety Trent Fisher is no longer listed on the roster. He's the son of Jeff Fisher, the St. Louis Rams coach. Fisher appeared in all 14 games last season, making nine total tackles. In sum, he participated in 33 games the past three years, as a backup at safety and taking part on special teams.
- Another player missing from practice was LaDarius Owens, a rising senior who is a returning starter at defensive end.
- With four spots on the offensive line pretty well set in stone, the one question mark is at left tackle, the position formerly manned by Greg Robinson. On Day 1 of spring practice, it was Patrick Miller taking those reps at left tackle with the first-team offense.
- Carl Lawson was in Dee Ford's old spot, working with the first-team defense at left end.
- At running back, Cameron Artis-Payne repped with the first team while Corey Grant was with the second team.
- Safety Josh Holsey, who is recovering from an ACL injury he suffered last season, was out at practicing and taking part in non-contact drills. Jaylon Denson, who suffered a season-ending knee injury against LSU last year, was also dressed out, but did not participate in any drills.
- Trovon Reed has already switched jersey numbers after moving from receiver to cornerback. The newly-minted defender was sporting No. 25 at practice on Tuesday. He wore No. 1 the first three years of his Auburn career.
- The jersey numbers for the Tigers' five early enrollees are as follows:
D'haquille Williams: No. 1
Stanton Truitt: No. 10
Derrick Moncrief: No. 24
Chris Laye: No. 47
Xavier Dampeer: No. 52