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Auburn practice observations: Defensive back injured, lineman switches to offense

Updated Mar 6, 7:54 PM; Posted Mar 6, 4:42 PM


By James Crepea

Auburn held its third spring practice this afternoon.

Below are a recap of observations from the opening 30 minutes of practice:

Defensive back Jordyn Peters went down with a lower body injury during the first rep of the pace drill. He walked off with a limp.

Tashawn Manning has moved to offensive guard. He was with the second-team unit during pace and first team during pre-practice drills.

Nate Craig-Myers was in an orange non-contact jersey and no helmet. Will Hastings and Ryan Davis (shoulder) were also in orange jerseys. Walk-on H-back Alex Medary was also in an orange jersey and had a walking boot on his right foot, which was on a scooter.

First team offense in pace drill
QB: Malik Willis
RB: Kam Martin
HB: Chandler Cox
WR: Darius Slayton, Marquis McClain, Eli Stove
OL: Prince Tega Wanogho, Brodarious Hamm, Kaleb Kim, Mike Horton, Calvin Ashley

First team defense in pace drill
DL: Marlon Davidson, Derrick Brown, Dontavius Russell, T.D. Moultry
LB: DeShaun Davis, Montavious Atkinson
DB: Javaris Davis, Jordyn Peters, Jeremiah Dinson, Daniel Thomas, Jamel Dean

Second team offense in pace drill
QB: Joey Gatewood (Jarrett Stidham shadowed)
RB: Devan Barrett
HB: Spencer Nigh
WR: Shedrick Jackson, Pace Ozmint, Cedric Chambers
OL: Bailey Sharp, Tyler Carr, Nick Brahms, Tashawn Manning, Austin Troxell

Second team defense in pace drill
DL: Markaviest Bryant, Andrew Williams, Tyrone Truesdell, Nick Coe
LB: K.J. Britt, Darrell Williams
DB: Noah Igbinoghene, Devin Guice, Jamien Sherwood, Quindarious Monday, Christian Tutt

Jeff Holland and Braden Smith were in attendance ahead of Friday's pro day.


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Auburn's Tashawn Manning moves from defense to offense

Updated Mar 6, 8:23 PM; Posted Mar 6, 8:18 PM

By James Crepea

Two days after Gus Malzahn said Tashawn Manning would be at defensive tackle, the redshirt-freshman moved to offensive guard.

Manning worked with the second-team offensive line early during Tuesday's practice, Auburn's third and his first on the other side of the ball.

Fellow offensive lineman Mike Horton said the change officially happened Monday.

"I think he's taking it well, so I think he's just trying to get coached up," Horton said of the 6-foot-3, 320-pound Manning. "(Offensive line coach J.B.) Grimes is just telling him the basics, just 'step right. Step left.' Once he gets the details down, he'll be great."

AU practice observations: DB injured, DL switches to OL

A recap of observations from Auburn's third spring practice

Manning's move to offense is the second player to switch sides this spring, with Noah Igbinoghene working mostly at cornerback in addition to his role as a receiver.

Manning gives Auburn more depth at guard, where Horton, Marquel Harrell, Tyler Carr and Brodarious Hamm are the other options this spring.

"I think he thinks it's the most beneficial thing," defensive tackle Derrick Brown said. "He knows that the coaches wouldn't do anything that would mess up his career. He's taking it in and working with it. ...

"He definitely caught coaches' eyes. (Defensive line coach Rodney Garner), coach Grimes, they were telling him good job."

Manning redshirted last season after he enrolled last January following eight months of chemotherapy treatments for acute promyelocytic leukemia, which he was diagnosed with on Thanksgiving 2015.

The former three-star recruit from Apopka, Fla. was among the players cited by players and coaches for their play during bowl practices.

The hope is he can bring the same physicality he showed on defense to the offense and develop skills to play at guard.

"He definitely physical," Horton said. "He's physical, so as long as a guy has that physicality in him, you can make him play O-line. You can teach him the details and he'll get there, but I think he's going to be good too."

James Crepea is an Auburn beat reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @JamesCrepea.

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That's a pretty good looking two-deep on the DL....

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13 minutes ago, WarDamnEagleWDE said:

All of the guards he have on scholly, we have to move a DL to guard? Odd. 

Sending a message to the others that they need to be more physical?  Sounds like this young group of OLs is just too soft.

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1 minute ago, AUDevil said:

Sending a message to the others that they need to be more physical?  Sounds like this young group of OLs is just too soft.

That is a fact. Good point also. 

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Why wasn’t Brodarious Hamm practicing yesterday? I didn’t see him in any videos and he wasn’t with the 1st or 2nd team OL. Lots of big chatter about how well he did last year on scout team and in bowl practice.

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