Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Notebook

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Notebook

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Byline: Bart Hubbuch, Times-Union sports writer

MINI-REUNION FOR OT WILLIAMS

Soldier Field will have the feel of a University of Michigan alumni function Sunday when Jaguars offensive tackle Maurice Williams meets up with Bears running back Anthony Thomas and wide receiver David Terrell.

All three rookies were teammates when Michigan beat Auburn in the Citrus Bowl last year and have been looking forward to this weekend's game.

"It's going to be good to see those guys," Williams said yesterday. "It's always fun getting together. It'll be like a little reunion."

Williams isn't surprised Thomas and Terrell have been such significant contributors to the playoff-bound Bears' 12-3 season. Thomas is a 1,000-yard rusher, while Terrell has the highest average per catch of any Chicago receiver this year.

"We had a great offense when we were there [at Michigan], so you knew they were capable of what they're doing now," Williams said. "It doesn't shock me a bit to see them doing so well."

Williams' only regret is that all three weren't in Michigan uniforms for this week's Citrus Bowl. He was in attendance in Orlando for the Wolverines' 45-17 spanking by Tennessee.

"That was hard to watch," Williams grimaced.

PETRINO MAY BE AUBURN COORDINATOR CANDIDATE

An exodus of Jaguars assistant coaches could be in the offing, with first-year offensive coordinator Bob Petrino among the first to depart.

Petrino, who has overseen a unit ranked 19th in the NFL in total yards heading into Sunday's finale at Chicago, reportedly is a candidate to replace Noel Mazzone as offensive coordinator at Auburn.

Petrino, who spent the first 16 years of his coaching career as a passing-game whiz on the college level before coming to the Jaguars as quarterbacks coach in 1999, has been mentioned for the job along with Miami (Fla.) quarterbacks coach Dan Werner.

One Alabama media outlet reported Petrino would soon be flown in by Auburn to interview for the position under coach Tommy Tuberville.

Jaguars coach Tom Coughlin, who doesn't allow his coaches to speak to the media, already is assured of losing at least one assistant this month. …

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