AUBURN, Ala. — Reporters were permitted to view approximately 25 minutes of practice on Tuesday, which marked the fifth session of the preseason for Auburn. It is the final open period reporters are scheduled to see during fall camp.
Tuesday was the first day the Tigers put on full pads. In the biggest (and really, only real) news of the day, two seniors didn't participate: offensive lineman Chad Slade and cornerback Trovon Reed. One other player joined them on the sideline: Offensive lineman Austin Golson, who sat out for the second straight day.
Slade is expected to start at left guard since Alex Kozan will miss the 2014 campaign after having offseason back surgery. With Slade out, Devonte Danzey took the reps at left guard with the first-team offensive line.
Junior college transfer Devaroe Lawrence, expected to be a contributor on the Tigers' defensive line this fall, was not seen at all.
As expected, Nick Marshall and Jeremy Johnson continued to share the snaps as the first-team quarterback. During a zone-read drill, they alternated while working with running backs Cameron Artis-Payne, Corey Grant and Peyton Barber.
Two true freshmen were in the kick return rotation: running back Roc Thomas and receiver Stanton Truitt. Others who got a chance to field kicks included Grant, Ricardo Louis and Johnathan "Rudy" Ford.
Not much change among the punt returners. Ford, Jonathon Mincy, Robenson Therezie, Quan Bray, Marcus Davis, Stephen Roberts and Gray King all had attempts, with the only absence from Monday being Markell Boston.
Receiver Jaylon Denson looks like he's nearly back to 100 percent. The junior suffered a season-ending knee injury injury — tearing the patellar tendon in his left leg — in Auburn's game against LSU last season.
Fellow receiver Marcus Davis had a brace on his right knee, but it didn't appear to hamper him during any drills.