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Auburn football team brings practice, secrecy to Hoover High School

Michael Niziolek


Hoover High School’s football stadium is in good hands this week.

The Auburn football team is spending the week practicing at the facility in preparation for the Birmingham Bowl.

With coach Gus Malzahn’s penchant for secrecy, a visible police presence patrolled the stadium Sunday morning to ensure the team’s practice remained closed to the public.

Members of the media were allowed to observe 15 minutes of the practice session. The open period consisted of special teams work — punt and kick returns — and stretching.

Players who aren’t on the Tigers’ special teams units practiced around the field.

Quarterbacks Jeremy Johnson and Sean White worked with offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee on individual drills in the end zone.

White is still wearing a knee brace around his left knee, but the injury wasn’t impacting his mobility during the brief media-viewing window.

The other positive injury news for Auburn is that its entire starting offensive line was dressed and practicing.

Shon Coleman, Avery Young and Austin Golson were all banged up at the end of the regular season, but all three participated in Sunday’s practice.

Following practice, Malzahn is scheduled to speak with the media for the first time in two weeks.

Michael Niziolek covers Auburn football for the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. Email him at mniziolek@ledger-enquirer.com or follow him on Twitter, Facebook or Google+

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