I've tried splitting these into two to get more info out as quickly as possible the last few days, but I just was't able to do it, today. So, you're getting the practice updates and the press conference stuff in one. Also of note is the fact that this is the last practice with a media viewing window. So, all we'll really have from here until the season starts are press conference updates.
Of note, Stephen Davis Jr was just late the other day, appears to have been late today, and may be working with the injured players. They do also say that Mike Horton was getting a lot of work at Right Guard. That could be for a number of reasons, but I'm sure they'd like to have some experienced depth there in case of either injury or just prepping for the fact that Smith will be gone to the NFL after this season.
AL.com has the interesting tidbit in their recap of JF3 working as the holder. Potential for a lot of fakes or Gus wanting to keep teams on their toes? Maybe we'll see the return of the swinging gate and 2-point tries?
247Sports noted the starting lineups on offense, again. That's where they noted Horton working with the first team. Kam Martin working with the first team should also be of note, since we'll probably see him early and often as the speed back.
Also on the running backs, going down to the bottom video of Kerryon Johnson fielding kicks... he has visibly bulked up. I hadn't really taken note in the other pictures/video, but you can tell he's bigger this year. That is good news for how much more he's going to have to tote the rock.
Just started warming up on day 5, but the pads are finally on. pic.twitter.com/TIpH9ypIXG— Lauren Shute (@LShute13) August 7, 2016
During OL pass protection drills, Mike Horton was being rotated in at RG heavily. #MGMAuburn— Matthew Stevens (@matthewcstevens) August 7, 2016
Auburn's open viewing period just wrapped Jeremy Johnson/Sean White still working with first team— WarEagleExtra (@wareagleextra) August 7, 2016
Kerryon Johnson is still working on kick returns, so team isn't bluffing there, still surprised about that considering his importance at RB— WarEagleExtra (@wareagleextra) August 7, 2016
Rhett Lashlee coaches up his quarterbacks at Auburn's practice Sunday. Video pic.twitter.com/AHyiBDRdo6— Auburn Gold Mine (@AUGoldMine) August 7, 2016
Quarterbacks and more on Day 5 of Auburn's preseason practice... pic.twitter.com/iJvGyyAxLF— Auburn Gold Mine (@AUGoldMine) August 7, 2016
Not many tweets, but a fair bit of information! So, to run it down, Stephen Davis Jr is out for the year (rehabbing an injury from high school), Marshall Taylor is expected back with the team next week (though he'll have to go through the NCAA mandated warm-up before he can put on pads), and Tre Williams tweaked an ankle but is expected back out there, soon.
Out of all of that, the Tre Williams bit is the only really important thing, to me, right now. Davis Jr wasn't someone I expected to contribute much this season, even if he did play running back. Marshall Taylor is just added depth and experience. Williams, though... Williams is the returning linebacker from last season's team who has the most time and experience in an actual game. Sure, T.J. Neal is the most experienced overall, but Williams was the other presumed starter. We really need him healthy.
The scrimmage information should be nice. Unfortunately, I don't know how much information we're going to get out of it other than what we can glean from players in their press conferences and from "insider" reports on various websites. Any insiders who manage to be there, feel free to send any scoops my way!
As for the quarterbacks, I'm still leaning towards Sean White getting the nod as the starter. That could always change without a doubt, but right now that's my thought.
And now to the Tweets!
Gus Malzahn says Stephen Davis Jr. will spend this season rehabbing his knee. Will redshirt— Jason Caldwell (@ITATJason) August 7, 2016
Auburn's Gus Malzahn: 'We'll scrimmage on Tuesday, and it'll be a good scrimmage. The quarterbacks are still getting equal reps.'— Auburn Gold Mine (@AUGoldMine) August 7, 2016
Malzahn says they have been stressing the guys early. Tuesday will be a scrimmage in stadium— Jason Caldwell (@ITATJason) August 7, 2016
Gus Malzahn: Stephen Davis Jr. out with knee, Tre' Williams tweaks ankle, Marshall Taylor expected back soon ($) https://t.co/uXO7HVEkdW— Bryan Matthews (@BMattAU) August 7, 2016
Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn says DB Marshall Taylor is still part of the program and is expected out there next week. #MGMAuburn— Matthew Stevens (@matthewcstevens) August 7, 2016
Auburn's Gus Malzahn on Sean White, Jeremy Johnson, John Franklin III: 'All three of them can run our whole offense.'— Auburn Gold Mine (@AUGoldMine) August 7, 2016
Auburn's Gus Malzahn says he'll know when to name starting QB: 'It's just that gut-feeling. You just know. And usually the team knows, too.'— Auburn Gold Mine (@AUGoldMine) August 7, 2016
Malzahn says the team will scrimmage in Jordan-Hare Stadium on Tuesday. None of the QBs will be live except Woody Barrett. #MGMAuburn— Matthew Stevens (@matthewcstevens) August 7, 2016
Malzahn on playing all 3 QBs in the opener vs. Clemson: "I doubt it." #MGMAuburn— Matthew Stevens (@matthewcstevens) August 7, 2016