August 7, 2008

Two-a-day Insider: Rain shortens practice

Apparently, Auburn CB Jerraud Powers has a bright future as a weatherman.

The junior was hanging out with some teammates in between Auburn's two-a-day practices on Thursday. Talk turned to the forecast, which predicted heavy rains in the Auburn area around 5 p.m. - about halfway through AU's scheduled second practice.

Powers told his friends - cornerback Walter McFadden and receivers Rod Smith and James Swinton - that the rain would cut practice short, giving the tired Tigers a bit of a break in the two-a-day schedule.

"I looked (at the weather), and said, 'Man, this got potential,'" said Powers.

McFadden wasn't buying it.

"Walt was like, 'You know how God works with football. It ain't going to happen,'" Powers recalled. "And Swinton was like, 'I think this going to happen.'

Then the Tigers hit the practice fields, with just a trace of rainclouds on the horizon. McFadden's gloomy prediction looked solid.

"We went out there, and I said, 'Walt, I guess you're right,'" said Powers.

But the clouds continued to gather, as Auburn's coaches hurried to finish practice.

"As we went on, it was like, here we go," said Powers.

The Tigers hurried through 13 plays of 11-on-11 drills, then a handful of passes in 7-on-7 pass skele. And then the rain started to pour, cutting practice short and giving the players plenty of relief from the summer heat.

"As we were walking back, me and Tray (Blackmon) were saying it was a good time for an UnderArmour commercial," said Powers. "It felt good."

Quarterback update

Through the first six days of practice, which includes 7-on-7 skele, 1-on-1 drills and 11-on-11 team work, QB Kodi Burns has completed 110 of 160 passes (68.8 percent). QB Chris Todd has hooked up on 139 of 185 passes (75.1 percent). Both have had passes dropped by the receivers, and both have thrown a few interceptions in team drills.

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