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Monday, March 29, 2010
Auburn signee Coleman undergoing treatment

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn just wrapped its second practice in full pads a little while ago, and coach Gene Chizik met with the media afterward.

Here’s a quick synopsis:

• Fans across the SEC will want to keep Auburn signee Shon Coleman in their thoughts and prayers.

According to a post on his mother’s Facebook page, Coleman is undergoing chemotherapy for a form of cancer.

Chizik said only that he had talked to Coleman and the family and that he was dealing with a medical issue.

“We want the young man to be healthy, and our thoughts and prayers are out to the family in terms of his recovery,” Chizik said. “We haven’t broached the subject of football in any way, shape or form, and we won’t. I just want the young man to be healthy again.”

Coleman is a highly rated offensive tackle prospect from Olive Branch, Miss., who was planning on being on campus this summer.

• Chizik expressed disappointment over the Tigers’ ability to stop the run on defense and said that was an area that would take top priority the rest of the spring.

Chizik said the defense gave up too many longer runs and allowed guys to get outside too much during Saturday’s practice.

“We let some runs get out Saturday that we need to corral back in,” Chizik said.

The Tigers finished 10th in rushing defense last season.

• Auburn receivers coach Trooper Taylor has been impressed with Ralph Spry Jr. and the way he’s caught the ball so far in the spring.

Spry didn’t play last season after transferring from Minnesota.

• Demond Washington, who’s moved from safety to cornerback, said it’s been a blast having veterans like Aairon Savage and Mike McNeil back in the secondary.

“They’re two great players and know the game well,” Washington said. “Savage goes in like he hasn’t lost a step, and McNeil’s the same way. They’re helping us out.”