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8.07.2009

Early practice notes, 8/7

Hey everyone. Here's a quick look at what's happening on the practice field at this hour:

  • Gene Chizik said the team's two practice groups are split up randomly, but the first group today sure looked like the top guys. Ben Tate, Mario Fannin, Chris Todd, Kodi Burns, the entire projected starting offensive line are all working together today.

  • WR DeAngelo Benton had a few drops during the first five drills. That seemed unusual to me. Gus Malzahn must have agreed; he made a few remarks to Benton about it.

  • Todd was more accurate today -- through the first five drills.

  • If you look closely at the Ben Tate and Fairley pictures below, you'll see that players are wearing what looks like Saran Wrap on their helmets. These are their game helmets and the clear wrapping prevents collision-induced scuff marks from facemasks. Gotta keep those helmets clean for the Louisiana Tech game.


PICTURE GALLERY

The team huddling before practice begins.

Nick Fairley in the flesh.

Ben Tate during the first drill.

Mario Fannin, aka Mario Speedwagon, hauling in a pass from assistant coach Curtis Luper.

Kodi Burns preparing for a pass during the second drill.

Chris Todd.

Remember when Trooper Taylor said: ``You can't make the club in the tub"? Here they are -- the tubs.

48 Comments:

Blogger Dear Leader said...

Substance

5:16 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

DL is our man!

5:17 PM  
Blogger Dear Leader said...

Was Todd comfortable witht he new O? Did his arm look ok? Are the players respecting him at all? or is he branded CTF guy

5:18 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

yep, that sounds about as random as weighted dice

5:18 PM  
Blogger Dear Leader said...

If the players do not respect him he is DOA.

5:22 PM  
Blogger Harrison said...

Todd seems to have an inside track to be the starter, that's just me guessing.

5:23 PM  
Blogger jhag said...

Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet I love pics

5:27 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

those are some big tubs

5:27 PM  
Blogger Harrison said...

Kodi sure does have some skinny legs

5:29 PM  
Blogger Phormerly Phred said...

Jay G ... can I do a plug for that thing we were talking about?

5:34 PM  
Blogger §teve From Columbia said...

Todd was apparently Tate's favorite for the starting role last season too from what I have implied. But the players won't decide this. Expect a quick and shocking decision on one of the big three toward the end of next week.

5:35 PM  
Blogger Phormerly Phred said...

I am the president of the Nick Fairley Fan Club by the way. See me for membership.

5:36 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Are they that short on helmets?

5:36 PM  
Blogger Dear Leader said...

I agree players do not decide but if they have no respect for a player, coaches pick up on that and it can sway a choice.

5:36 PM  
Blogger Phormerly Phred said...

Tyrik ... that is all.

5:37 PM  
Blogger jhag said...

We can't afford practice helmets...oh boy, wait till the turds get a hold of that

5:38 PM  
Blogger §teve From Columbia said...

I don't think there was a consensus last season, but from what I gleamed, most a lot of players thought Todd was the guy last year.

As for this year, I have no clue. As for the being CTF's guy, I am not sure what that would have to do with it.

5:38 PM  
Blogger §teve From Columbia said...

I did read where players seem to have a lot of good to say about all the QBs during summer workouts. Tate again praised Todd's arm strength, but I don't think anyone has said who they think the guy will be.

5:41 PM  
Blogger AU1N04 said...

We can put a lot of beer in those tubs!

5:42 PM  
Blogger jhag said...

Tate praised Todd's arm last year....

5:43 PM  
Blogger Dear Leader said...

THE CTF thing just goes back to my statement of respect or does he carry a stigma from the players...

I have no clue, I am asking the anointed one... the one who knows all... sees all.... and types all... the honorable
JGT

5:43 PM  
Blogger Dear Leader said...

AU1N04

GREAT POINT!!!

5:44 PM  
Blogger AU1N04 said...

Every once in a while DL I will drop a doozie!

5:47 PM  
Blogger AU1N04 said...

We need one of those for the HABOTN tailgate.

5:47 PM  
Blogger Harrison said...

If you could fill that tub up with any type of beer you wanted for free, but you hd to sit in there in your underwear and drink it, would you do it?

5:48 PM  
Blogger Brother Jet said...

Maybe Trooper should put some Saran Wrap over the tubs ... that might better illustrate his point .... even better if some wayward non-club maker was in the tub at the time.

5:48 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

The helmet issue has nothing to do with cost ... they're using a new company and Auburn wants to make sure players are used to the new helmets.

5:51 PM  
Blogger jhag said...

Ah that makes more sense.

5:52 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

helmet condoms

5:54 PM  
Blogger §teve From Columbia said...

Hmmm, I can see breaking in new helmets, although I would expect they would have extra new helmets for practice.

5:56 PM  
Blogger §teve From Columbia said...

Man, I am getting pretty jealous of Jay G being able to see so much of Auburn in the pre-season. Jay, you wanna swap jobs?

5:57 PM  
Blogger AUnMobilz (Game ON!) said...

Helmet Condoms.... NICE Mon!!!!

6:01 PM  
Blogger jhag said...

Monica that was awesome

6:02 PM  
Blogger AU1N04 said...

Pure genius Mon. Can we develop and market that product?

6:05 PM  
Blogger §teve From Columbia said...

Oh sure, those women are always making sexual references out of everything. Don't they know they we are more than just bodies. We do have minds, you know.

6:09 PM  
Blogger §teve From Columbia said...

And just because I use to think condiments were peppermint flavored prophylactics doesn't mean that I am weird.

6:11 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Video ETA: 6:25 p.m. CDT

6:13 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I'm OK with my job!

6:13 PM  
Blogger Beef said...

Luper is throwing his hat in the quarterback race?

6:19 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Better make that 6:30 on the vid.

There is more footage than usual.

6:19 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

That would be an example of Luper Innovation® -- deeming himself ready for the quarterback job.

6:21 PM  
Blogger scottie b in tennessee said...

i sell those helmets at work. that doesn't make any sense.

oh, and they make helmet condoms for real. you can get them in an assortment of primary colors. :) if anyone wants one send me $10 and i'll put one in the mail.

6:29 PM  
Blogger AU1N04 said...

Scottie B - You just made my millions float away!

6:31 PM  
Blogger §teve From Columbia said...

Undercover has a nice shot of Todd throwing the ball with Burns standing behind him. I swear that it looks like Kodi has a I am gonna kill that guy look in his eyes.

6:54 PM  
Blogger §teve From Columbia said...

Not to mention that Todd has his tongue out of his mouth trying to touch is nose with it. Is that considered good throwing form?

6:55 PM  
Blogger Phormerly Phred said...

nobody even says hello to me anymore. I guess y'all have all forgotten about Phreddie while I've been busy saving the world.

6:57 PM  
Blogger §teve From Columbia said...

Hey Phred. Is out bet still one for the season?

And Undercover has an excellent video of a guy blowing a whistle. We seem to be in good shape with the whistle blowing.

7:02 PM  
Blogger Hudson Hawk said...

Helmet condoms?

Honestly Monica, if you can't do better than that...

This QB race is like watching The Bachelor/Bachelorette waiting to see who gets the final rose. Except I suppose the winner here gets a chest bump from Trooper Taylor.

4:31 PM  

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