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Auburn practice report, 8/1: Starting left guard Alex Kozan out

AUBURN, Ala. — Reporters were permitted to view approximately 25 minutes of practice on Friday, which marked the first session of the preseason for Auburn.

  • In the biggest news of the day, Alex Kozan did not take part in practice. The starting left guard in all 14 games last season, he was not dressed out and didn't participate in any of the drills or activities during the portion of the session open to the media. With Kozan out, it shuffled the complexion of the first-team offensive line. Chad Slade moved from right guard to left guard. That put Avery Young at right guard, where he took a handful of reps during the spring. The rest of the offensive line consisted of Patrick Miller at right tackle, Shon Coleman at left tackle and Reese Dismukes at center.
  • While punishments for quarterback Nick Marshall and cornerback Jonathon Mincy might still face punishments stemming from their marijuana-related legal issues this offseason, it didn't affect them in Friday's practice. Both worked with the first-team units.
  • The first team defensive line had Gabe Wright and Elijah Daniel at the end positions while Ben Bradley and Angelo Blackson played inside at the tackle spots.
  • After sitting out the spring, Josh Holsey was back on the field Friday, seeing time with the first-team defense. He was at boundary corner opposite Mincy.
  • Just as they did in the spring, Cameron Artis-Payne and Corey Grant split carries as the first-team running back. Specifically, Grant took more of the reps in passing drills while Artis-Payne lined up beside Marshall when the Tigers worked on zone-read plays. Peyton Barber took second-team reps, receiving handoffs from quarterback Jeremy Johnson.
  • Justin Garrett and Robenson Therezie both saw time as the first-team Star.
  • Wide receivers coach Dameyune Craig was moving around about as well as one could expect for someone wearing a protective boot. Craig tore his Achilles playing basketball with his son in June and was fitted for the boot on Wednesday.
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