True freshman Chaz Ramsey, who has worked at left and right guard, saw action at center with starter Jason Bosley sidelined with a knee injury. Bosley is expected to be back in action soon, says head coach Tommy Tuberville, who notes that Bosley suffered just a bruised knee in Sunday’s night’s session.
“He has hurt that knee before, his first year here, and had an operation on it,” Tuberville points out. “He was relieved and we were all relieved that he got a break.”
Ramsey, a newcomer from Madison, Miss., is part of an impressive group of freshmen linemen. “Chaz is coming along well,” says offensive line coach Hugh Nall, who calls the first-year Tiger a smart player.
Ramsey says he has a lot to learn at the position, but notes he did play some center in high school. “In 10th grade I started at center,” he tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. “Then in all-star games I played center. I just have to get used to the speed of the game.
“There are a lot more calls and blitz coverages you have got to pick up, but I think I did all right for the most part,” Ramsey adds.
Tuberville says that when Bosley returns, Ramsey will return to right guard. “That (playing Ramsey at center) just gives us another option,” the coach notes.
Also on the offensive line, the musical chairs continued at right tackle where freshman Lee Ziemba worked with the first team after losing the spot for a day to junior Antwoin Daniels.
Lee Ziemba prepares to block fellow freshman Michael McNeil.
“Ziemba looked good (Sunday),” Tuberville says. “He graded a little better so we moved him back to first team. That is going to change daily. He got speed rushed a few times today so his grade could go down off this film and be back with the second group tomorrow. That is going to be a daily changing ordeal. Daniels is getting a lot better so we are getting a little closer to the rotation.”
Right tackle Andrew McCain, who has been out of action with a concussion, returned to practice on Monday. However, he lined up at left tackle in the practice.
The Tigers finished the night with field goal kicking and freshmen Wes Byrum and Graham Sutter had good nights while Ross Gornall and Zach Kutch weren’t as sharp. Byrum made his field goals with plenty of room to spare from 32, 28, 41 and 45 yards out. Sutter, a walk-on, was 3-3 with makes from 32, 41 and 45.
“I felt like I really stroked the ball really well tonight,” says Byrum, who had several field goals that would have been good from 60 yards out.
Tailback Ben Tate runs the ball with linebacker Tray Blackmon in pursuit.
In other news from Monday night’s practice.
*Senior offensive guard Leon Hart, who injured an ankle in Saturday’s scrimmage, is not expected to practice until early next week.
*Punter Ryan Shoemaker, who is recovering from a groin pull, worked out on Monday but did not punt. He is expected to punt again on Tuesday.
*Quarterback Brandon Cox was sharp throwing the ball.
*Another, Steven Enmsinger, saw limited action returning from a shoulder injury in Saturday’s scrimmage. Freshman QB Kodi Burns got extra reps with Blake Field getting limited snaps in the 11 on 11 work.
*The Tigers worked on kickoff coverage with Eddie Gran directing the drill.
*Linebacker Bo Harris, who has what Tuberville says is a “stinger” in his shoulder, was held out of practice. “He will do all of the walk-through stuff, but he will be fine,” the coach says.
*Fullback Carl Stewart ran on the side, but did not practice. Tuberville says he is more concerned about getting the fifth-year senior fully recovered from a hamstring injury than getting him back to practice this week. “We need to get him 100 percent for the long haul,” Tuberville says.
*Linebacker Merrill Johnson was held out of practice due to sore knee.
*There is still no word on whether signee Nick Fairley will be an academic qualifier.
*Redshirt freshman wide receiver Alex Rose was not at practice. Tuberville says it was an excused absence for personal reasons.
*The Tigers are scheduled to have one practice at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.
2007 Auburn Football Guide
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