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March 18, 2014

Auburn football: First practice of spring 'a great day' for Tigers' safeties

AUBURN, Ala. — Spring practice brings with it a sense of renewal for every college football team. But for Jermaine Whitehead, the first session of the spring also brought him a sense of relief. The last time he took the field, he recalled it didn’t end under the best of circumstances. He and his Auburn teammates fell agonizingly short — a mere 13 seconds — of winning the BCS national championship. Tuesday provided the first step in trying to put that loss behind him.

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Mike Niziolek joins the Ledger-Enquirer after spending the past three years with MLive.com. The past year he covered Eastern Michigan University athletics, including football and recruiting. He also filled in as a backup writer for the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Red Wings and University of Michigan. Mike is a 2004 graduate of Michigan State.