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Auburn will 'get after it pretty good' in first day in pads
Chad Slade part of the offensive line in Friday practice

March 29, 2013

By Charles Goldberg

AUBURN -- The first two Auburn spring practices are in the books. Now, coach Gus Malzahn is ready for the first real test of the spring Saturday in Jordan-Hare Stadium.  

Scrimmage? No. But, "we'll have the pads on and get after it pretty good. It will be a very physical practice," Malzahn said.  

Malzahn said Friday's practice was a lot like Wednesday's opener: Shorts, helmets and learning.  

"They're getting use to the standard of how to practice with the pace and the intensity that goes with it. Each practice, the leadership should step up, and echo the coaches' standards," he said.  

 •Auburn is doing a little experimenting in the offensive line.  

 Redshirt freshman Alex Kozan is working at center. Tunde Fariyke, who started two games at center last year and otherwise served as Reese Dismukes' backup, is working at guard. Dismukes is he returning starter.  

Malzahn said Kozan and junior college transfer Devonte Danzey are working at both positions.  

"We're just trying to get depth at that position," Malzahn said. "We're giving those two a chance to see what they can do in the spring."  

 •Harris Gaston is back. He was with the Tigers in 2010-11. He didn't play last year.  

"We're giving him a chance to play linebacker," Malzahn said. "I said every job is open."

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