July 31, 2007

Tigers focused on special teams

Auburn must replace four-year starters at punter and kicker along with one of the nation's best kickoff specialist. Add to that a new NCAA rule that pushes kickoffs back five yards to the 30 and you can understand why special teams have become a big area of concern for the Tigers this fall.

"There's always an emphasis on special teams but there's going to be a huge emphasis this year," said AU running backs and special teams coach Eddie Gran. "For a long time it was always just punt for the first few days because punt is the most important special team. We'll emphasize that first but we're going to hit it running.

"The first five practices we'll already have punt, kickoff and kickoff return installed."

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