AUBURN, Ala. — Harry Adams’ position was a topic of debate with the old coaching staff and appears to be the same with the new group.
The 5-foot-11, 185-pound sophomore moved back to wide receiver after spending last season and the first part of the spring as a cornerback. The coaches discussed the move Wednesday and made it official during Thursday’s practice.
“I told you, recruiting is like shaving. If you don’t do it every day, it shows,” wide receivers coach Trooper Taylor said. “Even when he was at DB, I was still recruiting him. I think he likes the idea of getting his hands on the ball and making some plays.”
Adams adds a speed element sorely lacking in the Tigers’ shallow pool of wide receivers. He claims he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.37 seconds, making him one of the fastest players on the team.
“With the offense we run, speed kills,” said Adams, who is backing up Tim Hawthorne at an outside receiver spot.
Adams was recruited as a receiver out of Dillard High in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., but moved to defense at Tommy Tuberville’s request just two days into camp last August. He played sparingly last season, mostly on special teams. When given the opportunity this week to move back to offense, he jumped at it.
Taylor liked what he saw out of Adams on Thursday, including a long gain on a post route during the 11-on-11 session. But he cautioned it will take time.
“You’re not going to just walk in the SEC and switch over,” Taylor said. “The good thing about it is he’s smart enough to do it, he’s talented enough to do it and now it’s going to be about whether he’s willing to do it. I’m going to find that out pretty quickly. The first day, I was impressed.”
Running back Eric Smith suffered a bone bruise to his leg during Tuesday’s practice and it’s unclear how long he’ll be out. Head coach Gene Chizik said the sophomore will be fine, but teammate Ben Tate offered a more serious diagnosis.
“I think he’ll be out for the rest of the spring, but he’ll be ready to go in a month or two,” Tate said. “It didn’t really get hit. It’s like how his body torqued on that knee.”
Auburn has plenty of dinged up bodies after 10 spring practices. Running back Onterio McCalebb is still nursing a hamstring injury and defensive end Antoine Carter remains sidelined with a leg injury.
Super 6 coming to Auburn
The Alabama High School Athletic Association announced this week that after 13 years at Birmingham’s Legion Field, the Super 6 football championships will alternate between Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa and Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn for the next six years.
Bryant-Denny will host the championships this year, with Jordan-Hare the host site in 2010.
Chizik embraced the idea.
“I thought it gives an opportunity to people that may not otherwise have an opportunity to come here,” he said. “It’s good for the whole student body. It’s good for Auburn, for people that just want to be students or play in the band or be cheerleaders or baseball players, I think it’s great exposure all the way around.”
Strap on the pads
The Tigers’ scrimmage this Saturday will be mimic last week’s setup, with the offense competing against the defense using Chizik’s rewards-based point system. The only difference will be the addition of special teams work.
Chizik also said to expect more passing. Auburn ran the ball two-thirds of the time in its first scrimmage.