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Gold Mine: Coaches Don't Waste Time in Setting Tone
DE Dee Ford

By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN -- Kiehl Frazier, Johnathan Wallace and Gus Malzahn didn't waste time setting the tone at Auburn's first spring practice on a chilly Wednesday morning.

The quarterbacks took turns racing to the ball, clicking off snaps in quick order, and leading the offense down the field. Time between snaps? A few seconds.

Malzahn promised a quick tempo on his return to Auburn, and the new head coach delivered on Day One.

Though there is no depth chart, the first offense on the field featured Frazier and Corey Grant at running back, then it was Wallace and Cameron Artis-Payne, then Frazier and Tre Mason, then Wallace and Patrick Lymon.

The quarterbacks followed that drill up by throwing to running backs and tight ends, with one throwing long and one throwing short on the same play. Receiver Quan Bray threw a few, too.

LaDarius Owens, who signed as a linebacker but was moved to the defensive line, is back at linebacker.

Malzahn's new Auburn spent less time stretching and more time sprinting before the drills began in the indoor facility.

When the Tigers moved outside, special teams first took center stage.

Former Auburn quarterback Dameyune Craig -- who is now the receivers coach -- showed off his arm, zipping passes to his receivers at point-blank range to see if they could catch hot passes. They could.



Craig ran his drills in a fast pace, too.

Two walk-on quarterbacks are hand to help Frazier and Wallace. They are returnee Tate O'Connor and newcomer Ben Durand from Tyngsborough, Mass.

Check back for more news and notes after practice.

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