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No fooling around: Auburn starts fall with long practice

Aug. 1, 2014

Auburn hits the field Friday for the first day of practice

By Charles Goldberg

AUBURN, Ala. -- Offensive lineman Alex Kozan didn't practice Friday. Quarterback Nick Marshall did. 

Welcome to Auburn's first football practice of the fall, where Gus Malzahn wasn't fooling around (ordering up a long 26-period practice the first time out) on a sunny late afternoon on the outdoor practice field (and under the lights in the indoor facility). The is the first of seven straight days of practice for the Tigers.

Malzahn was to update on matters of the fall as this afternoon work turned into early evening. That's when he'll address personnel issues. There will be more here at 

Auburn already released a little news Friday, like the numbers for the incoming players. No, nobody was assigned No. 2, Cam Newton's old number. 

The much-talked about Roc Thomas, a running back, landed No. 9. 

Here's the link to Auburn's complete roster.

Other new players with new numbers of note:

41 - DB Kalvaraz Bessent  
11 - DB Markell Boston
84 - WR Myron Burton Jr.  
57 - LB Deshaun Davis  
73 - OL Austin Golson  
59 - DL Raasheed Kennion
86 - DL DaVonte Lambert

46 - TE Chris Laye
94 - DL Devaroe Lawrence
39 - DB Tray Matthews  
31 - HB Jakell Mitchell  
36 - RB Kamryn Pettway  
69 - LS Ike Powell  
14 - DB Stephen Roberts
19 - DB Nick Ruffin  
95 - DL Dontavius Russell  
85 - P Matthew Shiel  
58 - LB Josh Shockley  
48 - TE/HB Kyle Sitzler  
71 - OL Braden Smith  
9 - RB Roc Thomas  
92 - DL Justin Thornton  
35 - DB Joe Turner 

58 - LS Zach Wade
13 - QB Sean White
79 - DL Andrew Williams
30 - LB Tre' Williams
37 - TE Hunter Wood 

Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at Follow him on Twitter:
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