Aug. 22, 2014
Ricardo Louis and Auburn practiced early Friday
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. ¯ Auburn wasn't kidding when it said it wanted to practice early Friday.
After practicing most days around the 3 o'clock start of the first game of the season, the Tigers hit the field Friday at 5:45 a.m.
"That's old school right there," said assistant coach Dameyune Craig.
This is the last weekend before the football season, so Gus Malzahn is letting his team off Saturday and, as it turns out, Friday afternoon.
The Tigers went through what Malzahn promised would be a dress rehearsal in Jordan-Hare Stadium, going over game-day activities covering everything from the sidelines to where everything is. The Tigers will be back on the practice field Sunday afternoon as they officially usher in game week for the season-opener against Arkansas on Aug. 30.
Auburn defensive lineman LaDarius Owens had missed time practice time because of an infection, but he didn't fall too far behind.
"He’s responded well," Malzahn said. "The good thing for him is he’s a veteran guy. He knows exactly everything with our defense and our calls and everything that goes with that. He’s come back and done well."
There are a lot of defensive linemen to choose from. There's Owens and Montravius Adams and Jeff Whitaker and Raashed Kennion and Andrew Williams and DaVonte Lambert and Gabe Wright and Devore Lawrence and Justin Thornton and JaBrian Niles and Dontravius Russell and Elijah Daniel and Angelo Blackson and Brian Walsh and Gimel President and Keymiya Harrell and Ben Bradley.
Malzahn said Bradley, a junior college transfer last season, "had a solid year."
"He’s extremely quick, he’s very strong. Last year on a couple of first downs, he got really good penetration. He knows the defense very well."
Carl Lawson hopes to be there, but he's recovering from off-season knee surgery.
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine