It's been a busy day in Auburn football. Early this morning it was noted that Auburn added another QB to the roster for the Spring. The Tigers picked up a 2018 commitment minutes later. That was followed within the hour by Gus Malzahn's opening press conference of the Spring.
All of that occurred before the Tigers even hit the field for practice for the afternoon.
The media window was brief - 20 minutes, as always - but a number of the beat writers got out some good tweets and video from that time frame.
Act I: Scenes from Auburn's first spring practice... pic.twitter.com/EKqAN7IPN5— Auburn Gold Mine (@AUGoldMine) March 1, 2016
More from Auburn's first spring practice... pic.twitter.com/zUXY6Ykrq5— Auburn Gold Mine (@AUGoldMine) March 1, 2016
Former Auburn coach Pat Dye chats with OC Rhett Lashlee as he observes AU's first spring practice of season. pic.twitter.com/tE1tNkjANP— Robert Clay (@RobertTheClay) March 1, 2016
Here's new WR coach Kodi Burns working with freshman WR Kyle Davis, who already has the look of a major contributor. pic.twitter.com/azXIzXTNhL— Justin Ferguson (@JFergusonBR) March 1, 2016
Introducing Auburn quarterback John Franklin III https://t.co/HB6OUQeqvJ— Wesley Sinor (@WesleySinor) March 1, 2016
Those are from Tweets. There's also video in links from the pay sites and beat writers. Unfortunately, some of it is behind paywalls. Click the links below and see what you can!
AuburnUndercover: Quarterbacks and Wide Receivers (Paywall).
Montgomery Advertiser: Quarterbacks stretching (Free).
Montgomery Advertiser: Quarterbacks in action (Free).
Montgomery Advertiser: Kyle Davis and Stanton Truitt working punt returns (Free).
AL.com: Roc Thomas in drills (Free).
AL.com: Malik Miller takes the field (Free).
AuburnSports.com: Unknown Video (Paywall).
AL.com has a good round-up of what they saw in the opening 20 minutes. The biggest observations of note for me were the first team offensive line "(Leff, Kozan, Golson, Smith, James), that Rudy Ford sat out (sick, apparently) along with Matthews, Dinson, and Kerryon Johnson, and that Tim Irvin - now that he's healthy - was working first team Nickel, again.
The offensive line sounds about like what I expected it to be. Irvin playing first team Nickel is a bit surprising, but that may be because Ford was out. Ford may slide over to the Nickel in some situations to put the best five DBs on the field when they're needed.
According to that report, Montravius Adams was not working with the first team defensive line. Nor was Dontavius Russell. Those were the two I suspected would start, but seeing Devaroe Lawrence there doesn't shock me. He was a beast in the final games of last season. I do like seeing Lawson and Cowart on the ends.
From the pictures and notes, it sounds like Kyle Davis will see the field early. That should come as no shock to anyone who knows how desperate Auburn is for great wide receivers. I suspect he'll be a Day 1 starter against Clemson.
Tweets of Player Press Meetings:
Robert Leff, Tre Williams, Marcus Davis, and Montravius Adams met with the media after practice. Here are some of their thoughts and answers to the press:
A lot of talk about chips on shoulders at Auburn today. "We're all gonna eat this year," says Tre' Williams.— Brandon Marcello (@bmarcello) March 2, 2016
Auburn LB Tre Williams says Kevin Steele is 'calm and collected at times, and he's a hard coach at times...at end of the day, he loves us.'— Auburn Gold Mine (@AUGoldMine) March 2, 2016
The Buck is now the Bandit on Auburn's defense.— Brandon Marcello (@bmarcello) March 2, 2016
Auburn LB Tre Williams: Wants to be leader on field like Ray Lewis was for Ravens, knowing off plays before the snap, get people in position— WarEagleExtra (@wareagleextra) March 2, 2016
Tre' Williams on new LB coach Travis Williams: "When he got that job, he called each and every one of us... He knows what it takes here."— Justin Ferguson (@JFergusonBR) March 2, 2016
Williams said Kevin Steele came in and said he'd rather adjust to the personnel than have the personnel adjust to him.— Tom Green (@AUBlog) March 2, 2016
Auburn OL Robert Leff: Pressure "doesn't phase me" of filling role of talented departing tackles— WarEagleExtra (@wareagleextra) March 2, 2016
Auburn LT Robert Leff said it was important to be able to develop his game behind the likes of Greg Robinson and Shon Coleman.— Justin Ferguson (@JFergusonBR) March 2, 2016
Auburn OT Robert Leff: Still wants to put on more weight, 10-15 pounds, at about 295 right now— WarEagleExtra (@wareagleextra) March 2, 2016
Leff said now-eligible Texas transfer Darius James "could dominate some people" this season.— Justin Ferguson (@JFergusonBR) March 2, 2016
Auburn WR Marcus Davis on new position coach Kodi Burns: "He brings a lot of positive energy out there."— Justin Ferguson (@JFergusonBR) March 2, 2016
Auburn receiver Marcus Davis on QB John Franklin III: 'That guy is really talented. I think we have four good ones competing right now.'— Auburn Gold Mine (@AUGoldMine) March 2, 2016
See some Nick Marshall in JF3? Marcus Davis: "Of course. He's really athletic, really fast. I think he'll do a good job in zone read."— Brandon Marcello (@bmarcello) March 2, 2016
Auburn WR Marcus Davis: Whoever wins QB job "we are going to rally behind him"— WarEagleExtra (@wareagleextra) March 2, 2016
Auburn DL Montravius Adams: "I did want to leave like every player" took time off, prayed about it" talked w/mom, wanted to make last run— WarEagleExtra (@wareagleextra) March 2, 2016
Auburn DT Mon Adams says he and Carl Lawson talked together before both decided to stay in school instead of go pro early.— Justin Ferguson (@JFergusonBR) March 2, 2016
Auburn DL Montravius Adams: Byron Cowart has stood out during offseason workouts, likes to compete against him in practice— WarEagleExtra (@wareagleextra) March 2, 2016
Mont says Kevin Steele's scheme is similar to Muschamps, but "I think he brings enjoyment to the team and just gets everyone relaxed."— Tom Green (@AUBlog) March 2, 2016
Auburn DL Montravius Adams: "I try to win everything to do" to show young guys what they need do, make team better— WarEagleExtra (@wareagleextra) March 2, 2016
Auburn DL Montravius Adams: Freshman Marlon Davidson reminds Adams of himself, "he's getting used to college football" and taking coaching— WarEagleExtra (@wareagleextra) March 2, 2016
Auburn DL Montravius Adams: Wants to play at 290-295 this year, working in weight room all the time— WarEagleExtra (@wareagleextra) March 2, 2016
Mont on OL Darius James: "I think he should get the starting job at right tackle."— Tom Green (@AUBlog) March 2, 2016
Auburn DL Montravius Adams: "We probably ain't going to be ranked...we have to earn everything we want"— WarEagleExtra (@wareagleextra) March 2, 2016
Best quote of the day? Best quote of the day.
Is Darius James as "dominant" as the offensive linemen say, Mon Adams?— Justin Ferguson (@JFergusonBR) March 2, 2016
"With him going against Carl every day, he ain't got no choice."
OK, this one is close, too.
Mont on Rodney Garner: "They meet Rodney Garner when they recruit, but when they come here, that's Coach G."— Tom Green (@AUBlog) March 2, 2016