I'll be honest, all I've been able to see of A-Day so far have been tweets from all of the beat writers and fans. So, this isn't going to be too detailed or comprehensive. I'm going to have a more detailed recap once I get the chance to sit down and at least watch the 1st half.
Four Things I Learned From Twitter:
1) Jeremy Johnson can sling it. Sure, there were some drops, but it sure seemed like everyone was extremely excited about his performance and he didn't disappoint in his ability to throw the football. I know there were a number of drops by Duke Williams at times that skew his incompletions. Duke had times last year where he dropped some balls (the Kansas State game comes to mind, though he had some big grabs in that one, too), so we know he's not perfect. He's still pretty danged awesome, though. JJ finished 14 of 22, 256 yards, and 2 touchdowns. That's around 63% in completion percentage. Not as stellar as his 70+% from last season, but that's to be expected.
I read a number of times about Johnson fitting balls into gaps that were small or putting the ball right on the money where he needed it to be. One highlight in particular comes to mind, and that leads me to #2.
2) Chandler Cox is going to be the real deal. Seriously, he's going to be awesome. He's a fullback with hands. And yes, I am absolutely still salivating at the thought of Cox and Pettway in the game at the same time. Just imagine it. JJ fakes the hand off. Pettway and the RB (whomever that might be) protect Johnson to give him plenty of time to throw to Cox on the wheel route. It will look like this, but Cox will be running free instead of in coverage...
3) We all (or at least I did) forgot about Myron Burton. He redshirted last fall, but he had a monster game, today. Granted, this is A-Day. The stars of A-Day don't always become immediate contributors the very next fall. Burton had a great day, though. He was the offensive MVP with 6 catches for 112 yards and a touchdown. I don't know that he'll be a big time contributor this fall, but he's a name to remember as another receiving option in the fall.
4) The defense is, in fact, intense. I was reading that Coach Boom wasn't exactly holding things back. Gimel President picked up where he left off in the fall with working his way into the likelihood of some serious playing time. Tray Matthews is going to be fantastic at the Safety position (he was the Defensive MVP). Our own Peggy won the day with a tweet I would embed, but her account is locked. It said "Hey Tray Mathews finally got an interception in Jordan-Hare. Good for him."
Gus Malzahn Press Conference Tweet Cap
First thing Gus mentions is the fans. Says even with a 100% chance of rain, they still showed up.— Sam Butler (@_sam_butler) April 18, 2015
Malzahn is here, and he thanks the fans first. "62,000 fans here, and there was a 100 percent chance of rain most of the week. That's big."— Justin Ferguson (@JFergusonAU) April 18, 2015
Gus Malzahn: "We kind of mixed and matched. The effort was good, the attitude was good. Came out of this thing with no major injuries."— Joel A. Erickson (@JoelAEricksonAU) April 18, 2015
Malzahn on Myron Burton: "He had a good break before the bowl game, and he's had a lot of reps this spring. He just needs more experience."— Justin Ferguson (@JFergusonAU) April 18, 2015
Malzahn says that other than holding the ball a little too long, Johnson played well— Joel A. Erickson (@JoelAEricksonAU) April 18, 2015
Auburn's Gus Malzahn on QB Jeremy Johnson: "He has a real good command of our offense."— Auburn Gold Mine (@AUGoldMine) April 18, 2015
Malzahn on defense: "They were flying around. This was the lowest-scoring spring game we've had so far here."— Justin Ferguson (@JFergusonAU) April 18, 2015
Shon Coleman was banged up in practice on Tuesday. If it were a regular-season game, he’d have played.— Joel A. Erickson (@JoelAEricksonAU) April 18, 2015
Auburn's Gus Malzahn on Roc Thomas: "Roc, and all three of our running backs, were very good with the ball in their hands."— Auburn Gold Mine (@AUGoldMine) April 18, 2015
Malzahn: "We expect everybody to be back for the fall." Included Jonathan Jones in that.— Justin Ferguson (@JFergusonAU) April 18, 2015
Auburn's Gus Malzahn on other things: "Congrats to the gymnastics team making the Super Six. We wish them the best tonight."— Auburn Gold Mine (@AUGoldMine) April 18, 2015
Says Monday's practice will involve a lot of correction. Likes where his team is at.— Sam Butler (@_sam_butler) April 18, 2015
Gus Malzahn said left tackle Shon Coleman got banged up during Tuesday's practice. Would have played if this had been a regular season game.— Ryan Black (@wareagleextra) April 18, 2015
Malzahn said he put Jeremy Johnson with the first team and Sean White with the second team "in order to get them equal reps."— Justin Ferguson (@JFergusonAU) April 18, 2015
Malzahn: "We're inexperienced, but this team will have a chance to improve with every game...and that's the key to winning championships."— Justin Ferguson (@JFergusonAU) April 18, 2015
Gus says he is excited about the group of freshmen coming in the fall.— Sam Butler (@_sam_butler) April 18, 2015
In celebrity sighting and other random news, these are pretty cool:
Michael Irvin giving his nephew Tim Irvin some congratulations after his first A Day. War Eagle. pic.twitter.com/ah4j0smJY3— Lynden Blake (@lynblake) April 18, 2015