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Football Notebook, Practice 1: Heavy load for Uzomah, Fulse

Brandon Fulse has been a reserve tight end for the past two seasons (Todd Van Emst photo)

By Phillip Marshall

AUBURN, Ala. - The load got a little heavier Friday for junior Auburn tight ends C.J. Uzomah and Brandon Fulse.

Redshirt freshman tight end Ricky Parks, a 4-star signee from Callaway High School in Hogansville, Ga., in 2012, has been dismissed from the Auburn football team for a violation of team rules, head coach Gus Malzahn announced Friday after the first practice of preseason camp.

Parks, who made a late push for playing time in spring practice, was not on the field Friday. His future plans are not known.

Parks' departure leaves Uzomah and Fulse as the only tight ends with game experience. Parks was also expected to back up senior H-back Jay Prosch. Walk-ons Wirth Campbell, Michael Clifton and Spencer Smith are listed on the roster as tight ends.

As a high school senior, Parks was generally ranked as one of the top five tight end prospects in the nation.

Quarterbacks `pretty equal' the first day of practice

Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn said Auburn's four scholarship quarterbacks were "pretty equal" on the first day of practice. He said junior Kiehl Frazier and sophomore Jonathan Wallace got all the snaps the first half of practice, with junior college transfer Nick Marshall and freshman Jeremy Johnson getting the reps in the second half of practice.

Working with four quarterbacks, Malzahn said, is not easy.

"It's a challenge," Malzahn said, "but I really like our strategy."

McNeal sits out first practice

Senior safety Demetruce McNeal did not practice Friday. Malzahn said he was out because of a medical issue and is expected to be ready to practice full-speed soon.

Malzahn welcomes Tucker Tuberville

Tucker Tuberville, the son of former Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville, went through his first Auburn practice Friday as a walk-on quarterback. Tuberville transferred from Texas Tech and is not eligible this season because of NCAA transfer rules.

"He wants to be a coach," Malzahn said. "Great kid and loves Auburn. We are glad to have him back."

Coleman works at right tackle

Redshirt freshman Shon Coleman practiced at right tackle Friday, according to sophomore left tackle Greg Robinson.

Coleman was Robinson's backup at left tackle during the spring.


Phillip Marshall is a Senior Writer for Follow Marshall on Twitter:




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