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Auburn Spring Practice Cheat Sheet: Week 2

Auburn running back Malik Miller runs the ball at spring practice on March 8, 2016.
Auburn running back Malik Miller runs the ball at spring practice on March 8, 2016. mniziolek@ledger-enquirer.com

Auburn heads into spring break with one-third of their 15 spring practices in the books. After going through two padded practices this week, the Tigers don’t return to the practice field until March 22.

Quiet period

Auburn defensive lineman Carl Lawson took some not so subtle digs at former defensive coordinator Will Muschamp Thursday night. Without referring to Muschamp by name, Lawson attributed the defense’s enthusiasm through Auburn’s first five practices to the different coaching method employed by their new leader Kevin Steele.

Pace alert

Auburn opened up practice to reporters for a few extra minutes Tuesday offering a brief glimpse at their first, second and third lineups. They also went through an up-tempo 11 on 11 period that showed the lengths the coaching staff is going to reestablish tempo as an important priority this spring.

Position by position

  • Quarterbacks — Auburn junior college transfer John Franklin III brings a natural “wow factor” to the quarterback position. Franklin’s ability to run the football could give him a significant advantage in the three-way battle with Jeremy Johnson and Sean White. Coach Gus Malzahn said whichever quarterback wins the starting job is going to have to assert themselves as a clear leader.
  • Defensive line — Auburn defensive lineman Carl Lawson likes the team’s depth at the position this season. In past years, the Tigers were so short on lineman it forced starters like Lawson to pick up the slack. Lawson is happy to report he’s had no issues catching his breath this spring.

Bits and pieces

Rudy Ford was held out of practice for a second straight week…Coach Malzahn expects Ford to be back on the field when the team returns to practice…junior college transfer Paul James III (foot) practiced for the first time this spring on Tuesday....fullbacks Chandler Cox and Kamryn Pettway are dual training at the traditional tailback this season…redshirt offensive lineman Kaleb Kim is being repped at center while fellow redshirt freshman Marquel Harrell has been at guard this spring