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3.24.2009

Chizik speaks, first edition

Hey everyone. Gene Chizik spoke with reporters briefly before he began preparations for football practice.

A few hours from now, he'll hold his first (official) Auburn workout.

Here are a few thing he had to say about it.

On the positional battles: "Nobody inherits a position. Everybody will start new. Everybody has a new chance. We'll evaluate what they do today -- not what they did last year."

On the quarterbacks: "We'll have to look not necessarily at where they are today, but where they'll be four months from now."

On his decision to close most practices: "There's enough pressure on these guys already to deliver. We don't want any extra pressure."

On his role in practice: "I'll be moving around. I have a vested interest in the defense, of course, but I don't need to worry about micromanaging my defensive coaches."

On injuries: He said nothing of interest, aside from some excellent insight about how different players heal from different injuries at a different pace. Thanks.

ALSO
  • Justin Albert, the excellent scatback from Prattville, is on the roster and is healthy. He's expected to practice today. (Some of you all had asked.)

  • TE/LB/DE Brent Slusher has taken a medical hardship and won't be practicing.

  • Vance Smith has been moved from TE to OL. He's 6-2. I'm thinking guard.

  • Mario Fannin is listed as a wideout on the official depth chart. I have been told that is a mistake, he remains at tailback.

  • RB Onterio McCalebb will wear No. 23. He debuts on the Auburn roster at 5-10, 165.

  • LB Eltoro Freeman will wear No. 21. He debuts on the Auburn roster at 5-11, 222.

49 Comments:

Blogger Dear Leader said...

Substance

4:40 PM  
Blogger Jet Jetarsky said...

You gotta get up early in the morning -- and skip getting dressed -- to get ahead of Dear Leader.

4:41 PM  
Blogger Dear Leader said...

Mmmmm

its like crack....

i feel it running in my blood...


foooootttttballlllll..

the wait is over.. keep it coming JGT!!!

4:43 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

In four months,I predict Chris Todd will be in a sling.

4:45 PM  
Blogger Dear Leader said...

I am torn on Chris Todd because I saw great game management in him... just the arm issue and running.

4:48 PM  
Blogger Dear Leader said...

jay,

who is better in the Q&A area?

Does CGC style differ greatly from CTT?

4:50 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Chizik is less open and less entertaining.

4:51 PM  
Blogger Harrison said...

Now i can watch Vance Smith miss blocks from another position

4:51 PM  
Blogger jhag said...

Its a Great DAY!

4:51 PM  
Blogger michael said...

And less tall.

4:51 PM  
Blogger michael said...

6'2'' can also be a tackle at Auburn.

4:53 PM  
Blogger Harrison said...

Which one would you rather have a beer with? which one would you rather rassle?

4:54 PM  
Blogger Jet Jetarsky said...

And a forward on the basketball team.

4:54 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I'm now working on Video No. 1.

Should be up around 5:40 p.m. CDT.

4:55 PM  
Blogger jhag said...

Man o man this is exciting stuff, Eltoro 21 ehhh i dont like it for a linebacker...Onterrio 23 i like

4:55 PM  
Blogger Dear Leader said...

are you sure its not More short Michael?

4:55 PM  
Blogger Harrison said...

I think it's 2 short

4:57 PM  
Blogger michael said...

Are you asking me if you need to wear more shorts? because the answer is no, I like you the way you are.

4:57 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

I'd rather both have a beer and rassel TT. I think I would have a better chance of beating him at both, and he has that funny accent that I require of my drinking buddy.

4:57 PM  
Blogger jhag said...

I just heard Michael Dyer, the number 2 running back in the nation and 9th overall will be at the practice tonight...awesome!

4:58 PM  
Blogger michael said...

Maybe if the beat writers brought beer and wrestled, they would still be allowed to watch practice. MAke that offer to him, Jay G.

4:58 PM  
Blogger michael said...

A good chant to alienate the number two running back would be for all the coaches to start chanting, "Number two is code for poop! HEY! Number two is code for poop! HEY!"

5:00 PM  
Blogger Harrison said...

would every beer Tubs had be the best beer he's had yet?

5:00 PM  
Blogger chip chip said...

if it is a windy day, mccalebb may end up in GA...

5:01 PM  
Blogger Harrison said...

now that's a coaching staff i could get fired up for. Potty joke motivation.

5:01 PM  
Blogger michael said...

ha! He could probably take a sip of skunky beer right in front of you, grimace and throw it away and then say to you, "There was nothing wrong with that beer. No story there."

5:01 PM  
Blogger jhag said...

5 STAR- Michael Dyer

5:02 PM  
Blogger chip chip said...

Hott Scunter and Talkin' Spring Football is back on WNSP. I want some shteaks!

5:04 PM  
Blogger chip chip said...

TT's accent would be hilarious if you got twelve pack in him...

5:07 PM  
Blogger michael said...

I hope our guys don't get distracted by the number two running back being present at their practice.

5:07 PM  
Blogger chip chip said...

does dyer have a blog where he will report on how practice went?

5:09 PM  
Blogger michael said...

http://numbertwopooprunningback.blogspot.com

5:11 PM  
Blogger jhag said...

yeah he does...?

5:12 PM  
Blogger Harrison said...

Dyer's blog is edited by Willie Williams

5:14 PM  
Blogger michael said...

Is that what Williams is up to these days? Well good for him. Maybe he can parlay this relationship into becoming a full time mentor to highly touted recruits.

5:16 PM  
Blogger Harrison said...

I think it's the plan then on to Alabame senate, where he can block beer bills

5:16 PM  
Blogger Harrison said...

maybe he can twit, tweet, twit, use twitter and tell us about practice

5:18 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Dyer is here. Confirmed.

5:19 PM  
Blogger smoothie b in tennessee said...

it's the first day of spring practice and Harrison & Michael are already in mid-season form.

you guys must train year-round. it's most impressive!

5:20 PM  
Blogger jhag said...

Mccalleb 165, damn yeah he's Percy Harbin alright minus 50 pounds...eltoro 221? Yox got some work to do

5:20 PM  
Blogger jhag said...

Great to hear JGT thanks for confirmation

5:21 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I disagree with Kenny Powers' decision to leave that hot babe at the gas station last week.

5:25 PM  
Blogger scott from tucson said...

jgt is in mid season form.

5:27 PM  
Blogger scott from tucson said...

sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do.

5:27 PM  
Blogger smoothie b in tennessee said...

it's always a bad decision to leave a hot girl anywhere.

5:27 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

First video is UP.

5:28 PM  
Blogger scott from tucson said...

unless you're coming back.

5:28 PM  
Blogger D. Miller said...

Now my wife wants to name our future dog Tate...

5:33 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Sounds hot.

5:47 PM  

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