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-The running game appears to be in good hands with Reggie Merriweather. The first team defense was having some success until Merriweather came in the game, and then the defense could not bring Merriweather down. Merriweather is difficult to get a clean hit, much like Rudi Johnson was at Auburn. He has great leg drive and finishes every run. The battle for the number two spot is still in progress. Duane Coleman may hold a slight edge over Kyle Browning and James Davis. Coleman's ability to catch the football out of the backfield will remain a big factor. Plus, Coleman is still the best blocker of the group.


-The freshmen class continues to draw praise. We should know by the end of this week, how many freshmen will play this season. Here are the freshmen we feel confident will avoid redshirts: James Davis, Rendrick Taylor, Tyler Grisham, Durrell Barry, Phillip Merling, Antonio Clay, and Ray Ray McElrathbey. Barry Humphries and Corey Lambert are still on the radar. The injury to Dustin Fry has given Humphries extra reps. If Fry's hamstring continues to be a problem, then there is no choice but to play Humphries. If the problem is fixed, the ideal situation would be to use Roman Fry as the backup center and redshirt Humphries. The Chris McDuffie moves puts a question mark next to Lambert. Coach Brad Scott appeared confident McDuffie would help out right away. This will be a story we tracked closely this week. We are hoping to speak with McDuffie following Monday morning's practice session.


-Sergio Gilliam has moved back ahead of Chris Clemons. This battle will continue to go back and forth. Clemons and Ray Ray McElrathbey have been working as the backup corners.


-The Tigers are wasting no time preparing for the Texas A&M game. While game preparations have not officially begun, several players have said they are already working on things for the first game.


-The Tigers will hold three two-a-day sessions this week (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday).

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