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Carl Lawson, Alex Kozan back on field at Auburn
March 10, 2015

New defensive backs coach Travaris Robinson checks in on Jonathan Ford, center, at Auburn's first spring practice

By Charles Goldberg

AUBURN, Ala. -- Football 2015 officially began at Auburn on Tuesday, and here are some quick views from the early part of the first spring practice...

Defensive end Carl Lawson, who missed all of last season following knee surgery but did go through bowl practice, was back at full speed. Auburn will be counting on him to rush the passer.

Offensive lineman Alex Kozan, who missed last year with a back injury, was with the first-team offensive line.

Among those returning kickoffs were Jovon Robinson and Peyton Barber. Those returning punts included Marcus Davis and Jason Smith.

Gus Malzahn spent the early part of practice watching his punters, and the returns.

The four quarterbacks working were offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee in the earliest part of warmups were Jeremy Johnson, Sean White, Tyler Queen and Tucker Tuberville. Smith was catching punts during that part of the day.

Malzahn said earlier in the day that this spring will be a bit different.

"Last year we had a lot of guys coming back. We had a lot of good information about what we had," he said. "There are a lot of areas that are wide open, so we're going to be very basic starting out. Obviously, we're installing a new defense, too, so this is really going to be back to the basics as far as the way we install. And then we'll see how the progression, once you get to the midpoint of spring ball, you kind of reevaluate how fast you want to go with the extra things but you want to give each one of these guys an equal opportunity to compete for a position and as basic as you can be, it allows coaches a lot easier opportunity to evaluate a true evaluation for guys."

Malzahn discussed the quarterback race, his running backs and comings and goings as well. That story is here.

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