August 3, 2007

Douglas making good first impression

When Auburn's coaches worked out their schedule for preseason practice, they worked in one new wrinkle.

In the first week of practice, the Tigers would hold two separate practices each day. The veterans would practice in the afternoon, leaving the mornings free for the young players to get as many reps as possible.

Few of AU's youngsters are taking more advantage of the new schedule than freshman fullback John Douglas. The only fullback in the morning sessions, Douglas has all the practice reps he can handle.

And as far as running backs coach Eddie Gran is concerned, Douglas is handling them just fine.

"His learning capabilities have been right on task," Gran said Friday.

In Friday morning's practice, Douglas put all that he'd learned to good use in a seven-on-seven passing drill. Twice he broke free of defenders for big gains on long pass plays, once on a wheel route down the right sideline and once on a vertical route up the middle of the field.

Both times, Douglas eluded his defender, ran to an open space and made a nice catch in stride. Not bad for a player who admits he wasn't much of a pass-catcher in high school.

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