Auburn football practice report, Day 5: Tigers go in full pads for first time

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The Tigers are in full pads. It's time to get serious.

Day 5 of Auburn's fall camp featured full pads for the first time. The Tigers held a shorter practice Tuesday, and there's not a whole lot of hot news out there right now. But with the first scrimmage of the fall coming up Wednesday, that should change soon. The coaching staff made that clear in the post-practice presser.

Obviously, we can tell that -- no, never mind. We can't really tell much from that. Although, Nick Marshall and Jonathan Wallace were working with the top running backs again, while Kiehl Frazier and Jeremy Johnson were handing off to the second-tier backs. So we'll continue to speculate that the quarterback race has separated into two groups. Also, since Wallace is working on holding again, that could be a sign that he's more likely to be backup. Of course, these notes come from the limited media window, and Gus Malzahn could have completely switched it up when there weren't any extra eyeballs around.

The offensive line is pretty much settled. Coming back from injury, Avery Young appears to have reclaimed his starting right tackle. Jordan Diamond is still working his way back, but when he's healthy, he should make a run at one of the starting guard positions, probably Kozan's spot on the left side.

The sooner Demetruce McNeal is recovered, the better. He's one of Auburn's best upperclassmen on defense and should provide leadership in addition to strong play on the field. Get well soon, Meat.

Practice notes

Ryan Wood (Opelika-Auburn News)

Joel A. Erickson (

Brandon Marcello (

Charles Goldberg (Auburn Athletics)

Ryan Black (Columbus Ledger-Enquirer)

James Crepea (Montgomery Advertiser)

Other links

Wednesday's scrimmage could provide separation in the QB race (Marcello)

Quarterbacks are looking to Wednesday's scrimmage (Goldberg)

Walk-on Gage Batton is working behind Jay Prosch at H-back (Erickson)

Greg Robinson is ready to protect the blind side (Wood)

Video from the beat

Erickson and Marcello discuss Tuesday's practice

Special teams highlights and strength coach Ryan Russell (Erickson)

Defense, special teams, quarterbacks (Marcello)

Johnathan Ford, Peyton Barber take handoffs from Kiehl Frazier, Jeremy Johnson (Erickson)

Malzahn says Tigers were physical in Tuesday's practice (Black)

Tuesday's practice highlights (Wood)

O-line works on run-blocking to the left (Wood)

Auburn Athletics video

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