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"AU" on the Helmets Means Auburn's A-Day is Near
Defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson takes in a practice (Todd Van Emst)

April 19, 2013

By Charles Goldberg

AUBURN -- Something important must be on the horizon, and, well it is.

Auburn players sported the "AU" on their helmets Friday for the first time this spring as the Tigers prepare for Saturday's 1 p.m. A-Day Game in Jordan-Hare Stadium. 

Auburn won't be finished that day, however. The Tigers will practice again Tuesday and Wednesday.

Two newsy items: Running back Tre Mason, who has been limited for two weeks with an injury, participated in the pace team drill early. The other item was the absence of defensive back Demetruce McNeal, who is still away from the team dealing with personal issues.

Coach Gus Malzahn switched up the order of the quarterbacks for the early pace team drill. Jonathan Wallace went first, followed by Kiehl Frazier. The two have been alternating all spring.

This pace drill started with four straight runs by Mason -- though there was no tackling -- and a pass from Wallace to Brandon Fulse. The drill with Frazier was limited to five straight runs by Cameron Artis-Payne.

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