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Auburn practice report, 4/12

Hey everyone. Practice has ended. Here's what we have learned.

  • Assistant coach Jeff Grimes (right) on the difference between last spring and this spring: ``At this point last year you’re just trying to get to the point that everyone knows who they’re blocking and they understand what the play is. You don’t have a lot of time to talk about the details in terms of the technique. You’re trying to do that as you go but until they understand the what, it’s difficult to get to the how. We’re doing a whole lot more how at this point with the guys who have experience."

  • Jonathan Evans is now in the No. 1 spot at strong-side linebacker. He works along with Joshua Bynes (middle) and Craig Stevens (weak side) on the first team. Eltoro Freeman still is working behind Bynes.

  • Gene Chizik on how he'll administrate the A-Day game considering ESPNU will be televising it: ``I don't know what type of format we're going to have. Again, I think that will go along with today and what we come up with in terms of injuries, where we are as far as how many bodies we have for the game. We're going to through that actually today to see what type of format we're going to have. It's great that it's going to be an ESPNU game and just the excitement of the crowd. Our players need it. They're ready for that, they're ready for something different."

  • Mario Fannin was asked to predict his A-Day MVPs. He chose T'Sharvan Bell and Demond Washington on defense, Cam Newton and Darvin Adams on offense.

  • Onterio McCalebb (left) provided an intriguing answer when asked about his pick for MVP: ``I'd have to say myself. I go out there and work hard every day, do what I have to do to get things down part. The No. 1 thing I'm working on right now is blocking. That's gotten a whole lot better from last year."

  • Grimes praised G John Sullen for getting in better shape and playing well lately.

  • Anthony Gulley Morgan said he decided to change his name some time ago, but the official paperwork was received only recently. He spent most of his life with an adoptive family (the Morgans) and his name change reflects his tight relationship with them. They're all from Brantley.

  • Bynes (right) had a funny answer when asked about the differences between Jonathan Evans (sophomore) and his older brother Chris, who started at middle linebacker a few years ago. Bynes said the younger Evans was not as smart ... before quickly reversing course. He said Chris Evans was "a wiz" and that his younger brother still has a lot of learning to do. Bynes wasn't being mean; he just misspoke in a humorous way.


Blogger ehyou said...

lefty substance

12:30 PM  
Blogger Dear Leader said...

wheres dante??

12:32 PM  
Blogger Dear Leader said...

ok bad spelling

12:33 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

41% alcohol beer. Progress is good.

12:33 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

Speaking of beer....has anyone heard anything about Jhag's trip besides he's alive?

12:34 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Holy Eltoro, Batman!!! I didn't see the Jonathan Evans thing coming. Great substance Jay G.

12:37 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Love the Bynes bullet, Jay G. That is a good example of what I think some reporters my try to make a major story out of. Bynes says Chris Evens is a moron. Film at 11:00. People sometimes make mistakes. Good reporters get clarification. Bad ones get beat up behind the buses by Urban Meyer.

12:40 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...


Plead not guilty. Fired cops do not testify. Super win! Congrats.

12:40 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Baseball rankings rule!

12:41 PM  
Blogger Scott Chocolate said...

PF, I'm just logging in after the weekend. Is there a Harrison story I missed out on?

12:42 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

It is great to see we aren't sucking at baseball.

12:42 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

He posted a question on the last thread after Jay G wraped it up.

12:43 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Digger, thanks for the Tubby info on the previous thread. Tubby Tech is going to be an interesting experiment this next season.

12:44 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

Yep, it's not guaranteed, but very likely, that if the officer doesn't show up to your court date, the judge will dismiss it.

12:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for answering earlier, Jay G.

Over/under on the crowd size Saturday?

12:45 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Will Eltoro Freeman ever become the player he was hyped to be?

12:46 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Jay Jacobs is the best AD in the SEC. Just sayin'.

12:47 PM  
Blogger Fire Marshal Jet said...

Last time I showed up at an A-Day game, we went undefeated that fall.

Just sayin'.

12:48 PM  
Blogger wellsAU said...

I see Tubby Tech as 6-6 next year.

Other predictions for Sir Tubs?

12:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Players highly hyped rarely pan out at Auburn (and other places too).

It's tradition. Why mess with it now?

12:49 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Jet, given the new information you just provided, I blame you for thee events leading up to 2008

12:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's Texas Tech's schedule:

at New Mexico Texas
Open Date
at Iowa State
Oklahoma State
at Colorado
at Texas A&M
at Oklahoma
Weber State

12:52 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Texas Tech is like soccer.

12:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My predictions:

at New Mexico Texas - W
Open Date
at Iowa State - L (revenge of Paul Rhodes!)
Baylor - W
Oklahoma State - W
at Colorado - W
at Texas A&M - L
Missouri - L
at Oklahoma - L
Weber State - W
Houston - W


12:54 PM  
Blogger wellsAU said...

I'm open to your suggested conversation topic, PF.

12:55 PM  
Blogger wellsAU said...

Sensi, I see Baylor as a loss and OSU as a toss up.

12:55 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

OK State is an L. aTm is a W.

12:56 PM  
Blogger wellsAU said...

A&M looked a bit more solid towards the end of last year. I think Franchione has them moving in the right direction.

12:57 PM  
Blogger wellsAU said...

edit: Mike Sherman. Oops.

12:57 PM  
Blogger wes said...

Thanks JGT. So what do you make of Eltoro's position? Is he the 4th best linebacker on the field or is he just not suited for strong side?

12:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok. State lost a lot, ya'll. Baylor maybe. Ok. State will probably take a step back for a year.

1:00 PM  
Blogger Harrison said...

i hope you guys are right, authoritative figures make me nervous. I will be essentailly lying, but they don't know that I dont guess

1:00 PM  
Blogger AUsparky said...

Eltoro Freeman=Tray Blackmon

1:01 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

I don't recall making a topic suggestion.

1:01 PM  
Blogger AUsparky said...

Heard on JOX that Rick Stansbury(Miss State) could be heading to Clemson

1:02 PM  
Blogger Seanzie said...

Eltoro = Tray? Not convinced that is the case.

1:12 PM  
Blogger stupup74 said...

Anthony Gulley Morgan = Class Act

Morgan Family for cultivating a relation ship with Anthony = Class Act to the 10th power.

As someone who has had people step in my life and help me in parental ways who weren't my parents, I have mad, mad respect for families that touch lives like Anthony's (and my own).

1:13 PM  
Blogger Scott Chocolate said...

I just caught up on the comments from the weekend. I would like to issue a big thank you to all the Hotties who talked soccer instead of golf.

Playing golf is fun, but I hate watching it. I don't mind highlights on Sportscenter, as long as they keep it to a minimum.

1:14 PM  
Blogger AUsparky said...

Seanzie, I hope you are right

1:14 PM  
Blogger Seanzie said...

The Evans thing is a bit of a surprise. Even more surprising that Stevens is on the Weak side. Eltoro No. 2 at MLB? Interesting. If that is the case there is your reason why he isn't in the starting line up.

1:14 PM  
Blogger Scott Chocolate said...

Congrats to AU on the series win over LSU!

In other baseball news, it appears that it will be a long season for the Birmingham Barons. Tonight they are trying to avoid a five game sweep at the hands of the Carolina Mudcats. Maybe Carolina is just good.

In even more baseball news, my son's team (8-year-old Braves) is kicking butt. I hope saying that doesn't jinx them tonight!

1:21 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

I don't think Freeman will ever be the football player Blackmon was. Of course I hope I'm wrong.

1:29 PM  
Blogger Seanzie said...

Blackmon wasn't ever that good ehyou.

1:30 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

I didn't say he was.

1:32 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

He did contribute to wins at times though.

1:33 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Tuberville should be able to win 7 or 8 at Tubby Tech fairly easily. That is about where the program was before Leach got there.

My guess is that there is potential for a Terry Bowden year here. Bowden won early because the offense already knew how to run, the defense was solid, and he was able to kick start the passing game. Something similar could happen at Tubby Tech, although being undefeated seems unlikely and it is very likely that the offensive passing game drops off over the next few seasons. It will be interesting to see.

I am sure Tuberville can win at Texas Tech, but winning the Big 12 would be tough. His best chance might be sooner than later.

1:34 PM  
Blogger Seanzie said...

Well whatever happens at Texas has nothing to do with Auburn. I liked Coach Tubs, thought he was an ok coach. Not sad to see him go, but I wish him well at his new job.

1:37 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Blackmon had a few games where he was outstanding, one of them was against Florida.

ElToro appears to be very iffy. He isn't Raven Gray, but he seems to be significantly underachieving. I love Bynes and Stevens. Those guys are better than I thought they would be. But they are not close to being the best linebackers we have had in recent memory. Sell your ElToro stock now.

1:37 PM  
Blogger Seanzie said...

Man you guys are nuts. It's always rough the first year for some guys coming from JuCo, the Bull was hurt for the first half of last year. If he sucks this year, then write him off but he still has 2 years to blossom into a solid contributor.

1:39 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

It's cool Sean. We don't judge man-crushes around here.

1:46 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Seanzie, the players beating him out were not so nearly as hyped.

1:48 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

And Eltoro was a JUCO. I don't know for sure, but he should have 1 or 2 seasons left after this.

There is a difference between JUCO prospects and high school prospects. JUCOs are expected to be able to compete. Ask Gayden and Mosley.

1:50 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

I'll concede that he was injured last year and hold off on the bust label.

1:52 PM  
Blogger Seanzie said...

He earned the starting spot in the spring and was only limited due to injury. He had a couple of huge games for us in the middle of the season. Don't know what else you want from the kid, Steve.

It's not a man crush, it's called being pragmatic and not jumping to conclusions based on inconclusive evidence.

1:53 PM  
Blogger Eddie said...

As much as I was upset with the way Tubs left Auburn bare without much depth and a lack of talent IMO, I really think he will do well at Texas Tech. That is probably a perfect fit for him. He will win a Big XII title if he stays 8 years there.

1:54 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

ElToro won a starting job last season because he had a pulse, which was the major requirement for a linebacker last season. He may be a decent contributor, but the star status he had coming from JUCO hasn't shown up yet.

1:56 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

Boy I'm tired.

1:59 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

I don't blame Tuberville for the lack of talent. As we saw last season and will see this season, we have talent.

There was definitely a depth issue, although I am not sure you can blame the HC for that. Stuff happens.

I blame Tuberville along with the administration for creating an unhealthy environment. It became very plain that there was a major rift between the staff and the administration. You have to lay the blame on Tuberville and Jacobs there.

And no, I don't think Franklin was the problem. I think he lacked the people skills to deal with a bad environment.

2:00 PM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Everyone- I apologize.

2:02 PM  
Blogger Seanzie said...

Steve, you've finally said something I can agree with. Congrats.

He hasn't reached star status yet, but he still has plenty of time left.

2:02 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

A-Day crowd ... based on the fact that it likely will be sunny and nice ... 35,000.

2:03 PM  
Blogger Eddie said...

A-Day Crowd will be around 45,000 IMO, but I won't be one of them.

2:05 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

Eddie - drop and give us 50.

2:05 PM  
Blogger Seanzie said...

I will be there. I've got to get some kind of football fix to hold me over between now and August.

2:07 PM  
Blogger Eddie said...

It's hard for me to care about Football at this time. Too many other great things going on that can be done or followed. I'll start wanting it late July.

2:08 PM  
Blogger michael said...


2:11 PM  
Blogger Seanzie said...


2:15 PM  
Blogger Norm said...


2:19 PM  
Blogger API said...


2:23 PM  
Blogger michael said...

My pants.

2:23 PM  
Blogger Scott Chocolate said...


2:23 PM  
Blogger Scott Chocolate said...

Pat Dye's pants

2:24 PM  
Blogger scottie b schwarzenegger said...

Earl Brown!

2:24 PM  
Blogger Harrison said...

I like short pants weather

2:26 PM  
Blogger michael said...

I call it No Pants Weather

2:27 PM  
Blogger Scott Chocolate said...

Must...not...say it...aarrgghhh...panty length?

2:27 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

What up?

2:28 PM  
Blogger Harrison said...

gross scott

2:29 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Pants on the ground?

2:30 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Pants on the ground is kinda crass.

2:38 PM  
Blogger wellsAU said...

Clothes on the ground.

2:39 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Mega Piranha on "SyFy" is crass.

2:40 PM  
Blogger scottie b schwarzenegger said...

stop, drop, and roll....

2:40 PM  
Blogger Seanzie said...

Puppet Hour comes early.

2:41 PM  
Blogger wellsAU said...

JayG, I watched bits of that this weekend. Many lolz.

2:42 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

I'm too sexy for my shirt.

Since that sort of thing is frowned upon here in the office, I guess I have to keep it on. Stupid societal rules.

2:47 PM  
Blogger Scott Chocolate said...

Megan Piranha is mega-hot, though.

2:48 PM  
Blogger Scott Chocolate said...


2:48 PM  
Blogger Scott Chocolate said...

This comment has been removed by the author.

2:49 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Hmmm, seems like short posts work well.

2:58 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Has the thread hopping.

2:58 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Maybe we should limit the posts to ten words of less.

2:58 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I have added pictures and quotes to the main blog entry.

2:59 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Two slices of Nature's Own Honeywheat
1 slice Borden Singles Pepperjack
1 slice Velveeta Slices
1 Tablespoon Breakstones salted butter at room temperature

Put cheese between bread, slather outside with butter, and cook on Le Crusette Grill Pan until cheese is melted and bread has deep grill marks on either side.

Grilled Cheese Goodness

Variations: use aged sharp cheddar and sweet sheeps milk cheeses instead of grocery store processed slices.

3:14 PM  
Blogger Seanzie said...

My grilled cheese recipe is similar. I do Hvarti and Colby-Jack. Brush the bread with olive oil and coat the pan with butter.

3:18 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

I used to do lots of butter in the pan, but that just created a smokey and/or soggy mess if the heat wasn't perfect. This castiron grill pan has changed my approach. Still use a good bit of butter, but I feel like it's cooked into the bread better, and gives a great crunch.

3:21 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Fradejas SEC PotW, by the way.

3:24 PM  
Blogger Seanzie said...

I've found the perfect temp on my gas range, I turn it on, leave it sit until the butter melts and then throw in the sammiches.

3:27 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

New thread.

3:38 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...


1:55 PM  

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