Life around the Loveliest Village on the Plains has gotten busier over the last weekend as students began arriving back in town for the beginning of the 2016 Fall Semester. With that comes the end of the Auburn Tigers "Fall Camp." They'll take the day off tomorrow for the first day of classes before beginning the true season preparations.
Today is a two-a-day practice, and Gus Malzahn met with the media following this morning's practice session. He had quite a few things to talk about, as you can imagine.
The biggest focus, as you would expect, was on the QBs. Gus wants to name one soon but isn't going to do it until he's 100% sure. I kind of take that to mean "I may name one, but you're not going to know about it until Clemson." Maybe not, though. Once the race is narrowed down to 2 (as he says he is aiming for) I think we'll know a lot more.
Perhaps the best news, to me, is that some of the injured or "missing" players should be back very soon. They may all be back by the end of this week. With Jamel Dean's injury, Marshall Taylor is needed even more. Tre Williams is the most experienced returning linebacker, so we need him healthy. I hate that Kyle Davis missed all of Fall Camp, but he at least had Spring Practice, too, so he should be familiar with the offense. He just needs to get actual reps in on the practice field. Tony Stevens should hopefully be back soon, too.
Gus made an interesting statement that the QB has to be more of a runner no matter which one wins the job. That could be interpreted in so many different ways. I'm just going to take it at face value. The QB has to be a threat to at least take off if it's there. His best offenses that did not feature a dual-threat QB still had QBs that rushed for a few hundred yards.
I don't know what type of media availability there will be from here on with practices as the team begins prep work for Clemson and the season as a whole. Information is probably going to be a bit harder to come by. Verified information, at least. We'll still try to keep you as up-to-date as we can. For now, though, here are the tweets!
Gus Malzahn says Auburn is officially done with fall camp following this mornings practice— Jason Caldwell (@ITATJason) August 15, 2016
Auburn's Gus Malzahn says Sunday and Monday morning's practice were good. 'I feel very good where we're at… I think we're in a great spot.'— Auburn Gold Mine (@AUGoldMine) August 15, 2016
Malzahn on QB: "I'm not ready to name a starter right now. Possibly in the near future." Says the tough competition is a positive— John Zenor (@jzenor) August 15, 2016
Malzahn says Tony Stevens has "a minor thing" but is expected back in a few days— Jason Caldwell (@ITATJason) August 15, 2016
Marshall Taylor expected to rejoin Auburn football program this weekhttps://t.co/217giJHoBM— James Crepea (@JamesCrepea) August 15, 2016
Gus Malzahn says QB Jeremy Johnson is back practicing and 'ready to roll.' He had missed a few days of work.— Auburn Gold Mine (@AUGoldMine) August 15, 2016
Auburn quarterbacks Sean White, Jeremy Johnson and John Franklin III? 'All three guys are respected by their teammates,' says Gus Malzahn.— Auburn Gold Mine (@AUGoldMine) August 15, 2016
Malzahn says there is "no doubt" Kam Martin will play this year. Says that he is tough.— Brian Stultz (@brianjstultz) August 15, 2016
Auburn running back Kam Martin 'is a tough guy. He's got courage,' says Gus Malzahn— Auburn Gold Mine (@AUGoldMine) August 15, 2016
Auburn's Gus Malzahn: 'Our quarterback has to be more of a runner this year. I don't care who it is.'— Auburn Gold Mine (@AUGoldMine) August 15, 2016
Malzahn confirms there's 'no doubt' RB Kam Martin will play this season. Hopes to have WR Kyle Davis (foot injury) back later this week.— Benjamin Wolk (@benjaminwolk) August 15, 2016
Malzahn says he's not willing to make the starting QB decision until he's '100 percent' confident. Plans to narrow battle to two QBs.— Benjamin Wolk (@benjaminwolk) August 15, 2016
Malzahn had few roster updates hopes DB Marshall Taylor (personal), WR Kyle Davis (foot) back this week LB Tre' Williams (ankle) almost 100%— WarEagleExtra (@wareagleextra) August 15, 2016