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Auburn Spring Practice Cheat Sheet: Week 1

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Auburn coach Gus Malzahn spoke with reporters following his team's second practice of the spring. Malzahn touched on a variety of topics related to the team's offense as well as his decision to buy a BMW.
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Auburn coach Gus Malzahn spoke with reporters following his team's second practice of the spring. Malzahn touched on a variety of topics related to the team's offense as well as his decision to buy a BMW.

The first week of practice is in the books for the Auburn football team. Coach Gus Malzahn’s program got the jump on most SEC schools by starting spring practice more than a week earlier than he has in past seasons.

Auburn will be on the practice field two more times before taking a week off for spring break.

Here’s a recap of the week…

Roster shuffle

Malzahn announced a list of roster updates on Tuesday starting with ruling running back Kerryon Johnson (shoulder), safety Tray Matthews (shoulder) and Jeremiah Dinson (various) out for spring practice.

Auburn’s coach also confirmed tight end Chris Laye and linebacker Javiere Mitchell are no longer with the program for the 2016 season. Mitchell’s surprise departure hurts the Tigers’ depth at a position that’s already thin on experience.

Auburn finished with a top 10 recruiting class in the country thanks to high-profile additions of Derrick Brown (DL) and Nate Craig-Myers (WR). Coach Gus Malzahn discussed his team's recruiting strategy this year, the battle at quarterback and mor

New voices

Auburn detailed its full coaching staff for 2016 before the first spring practice. Malzahn announced four new graduate assistants including former Central quarterback Jonathan Wallace and six analysts.

Core principles

New Auburn defensive coordinator Kevin Steele is building his defense on the foundation of his predecessor Will Muschamp’s scheme. Steele is hoping the continuity will help players adjust to yet another new defensive coaching staff.

Position by position

Auburn linebacker Tre Williams looked comfortable at the podium Tuesday after the Tigers' first practice of the spring. Williams kept a smile on his face as he addressed being the team's most experienced returning linebackers and being a leader on

Bits and pieces

Rudy Ford sat out Auburn’s first week of practice due to illness…Paul James III missed the first week dealing with a “medical issue” according to Kevin Steele…fullback Kamryn Pettway is getting carries at traditional tailback spot …quarterback Tyler Queen is on a pitch count this spring of 50 throws a practice as he recovers from shoulder surgery…Auburn’s new theme for this spring is “earn it”

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