There's a lot to unpack here in Gus Malzahn's meeting with the press after today's scrimmage.
First, there's no movement at QB. It's definitely disconcerting that he's not even willing to narrow it down to 2 and claims he would do that if he were ready. I'd like to believe that this is all because the competition really is just "too good," but I guess we'll see.
On the youngsters, I think it's obvious to everyone that a lot of freshmen are going to play this season. Whether they be true or redshirts, they're going to get a lot of action. It appears he cleared up the depth chart at cornerback, too, and essentially named redshirt freshman Javaris Davis as the starter opposite Carlton Davis. Nickname suggestions for the Davis'? I'm open to suggestions.
The offensive line being what it was on A-Day should be obvious. That's the rotation we've seen all Fall Camp, too, so no shock there. What happens behind them is the question. If something happens to Dampeer, Golson will likely return to Center, but who will take over at Left Tackle? There are a lot of questions about the two-deep on the line. I look forward to seeing the actual depth chart.
Once again, we're told Marshall Taylor should return to the team "this week." I'm guessing that's not going to happen, now. Classes started at Auburn last Tuesday, so things aren't looking good on that front.
Kyle Davis being fully up to speed on Tuesday is good, though. Very good. We desperately need receivers, and he has all the tools to be a star right from the start.
Now to the tweets!
Auburn coach Gus Malzahn: Ones went against ones in about five situations at practice, lot of special teams work today— WarEagleExtra (@wareagleextra) August 20, 2016
Gus Malzahn says they focused a lot on special teams and situations in Saturday practice— Jason Caldwell (@ITATJason) August 20, 2016
Auburn coach Gus Malzahn: Game week routine the next two weeks, not ready to name starting QB yet, hopefully "near future"— WarEagleExtra (@wareagleextra) August 20, 2016
Gus Malzahn is not ready to name a starting QB yet. "It's too good of a competition."— Bryan Matthews (@BMattAU) August 20, 2016
Malzahn said John Franklin III, Jeremy Johnson and Sean White all worked with the first-team offense today at practice.— Justin Ferguson (@JFergusonBR) August 20, 2016
Malzahn says he'd like to narrow the QB battle from 3 to 2 soon but they're not ready to do that yet. #MGMAuburn— Matthew Stevens (@matthewcstevens) August 20, 2016
Gus Malzahn said more of Auburn's true freshmen will play this year than the ones who won't. "We recruited them to play."— Justin Ferguson (@JFergusonBR) August 20, 2016
Auburn coach Gus Malzahn: RB Malik Miller one of more improved players from spring to fall, will be in mix— WarEagleExtra (@wareagleextra) August 20, 2016
Malzahn said "more than likely" he'll name a QB to get the team in preseason to rally around but right now "it is what it is". #MGMAuburn— Matthew Stevens (@matthewcstevens) August 20, 2016
Gus Malzahn: Miami (Ohio) grad transfer Marshall Taylor is expected to return to Auburn next week— Bryan Matthews (@BMattAU) August 20, 2016
Auburn coach Gus Malzahn: As long as group stays healthy, starting offensive line will be the one team went with in spring game— WarEagleExtra (@wareagleextra) August 20, 2016
Auburn coach Gus Malzahn: Javaris Davis "extremely talented," probably fastest guy on the team, lot of confidence— WarEagleExtra (@wareagleextra) August 20, 2016
Auburn coach Gus Malzahn: Javaris Davis will be first guy out there opposite Carlton Davis— WarEagleExtra (@wareagleextra) August 20, 2016
Malzahn says he expects freshman WR Kyle Davis @KDSZN to be ready on Tuesday— Jason Caldwell (@ITATJason) August 20, 2016