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Thoughts and impressions

Thoughts and impressions as Auburn, with four practices in the books, reaches the first break of preseason camp. …

Senior Editor Phillip Marshall

The freshman class that signed up last February is the real deal. Nobody knows how long it will take them to be ready to win in the SEC, but you can’t help but notice the size, strength, speed and athleticism of guys that are barely old enough to shave. …

Freshman quarterback Kiehl Frazier must have had a good couple of days. He was the only quarterback offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn mentioned on Saturday night. Does that mean he’ll be the starter against Utah State? I still think it’s a long shot, but for the first time, I believe it’s a legitimate possibility. …

DeAngelo Benton certainly looks the part of a receiver with an NFL future. He hasn’t played like it his first two seasons, but he still has two more to go. ...

Based on early returns, sophomore kicker Cody Parkey looks like more than an adequate replacement for Wes Byrum. …
Reese Dismukes, Christian Westerman, Greg Robinson and Thomas O’Reilly might be the most impressive group of freshman offensive linemen I’ve seen at Auburn, and that includes the class that produced Lee Ziemba and Ryan Pugh. …

Running back Mike Dyer is clearly bigger and stronger than last season. His coaches say he’s also faster. That could add up to something special. …

Fullback Ladarious Phillips, “down” to 285 pounds, is a sight to behold on the practice field. Meeting up with him can’t be pleasant for a 185-pound cornerback. …

What were Texas coaches thinking when they didn’t bother with Nosa Eguae and Emory Blake? …

Sophomore Jake Holland looks like a star in the making at middle linebacker. …

If Trovon Reed stays healthy, he will be a star in Gus Malzahn’s offense. …

Why isn’t there more talk about freshman C.J. Uzomah. He;s a very big, very athletic guy who can play a lot of places. …

It wouldn’t surprise me if both Mike Dyer and Onterio McCalebb break the 1,000-yard barrier in the coming season. In fact, if they both stay healthy, it will surprise me if they don’t. …

Until next time. …

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