Practice #6 took place inside the confines of Jordan-Hare Stadium. A light rain was falling on Auburn early this morning, but the sun showed its face briefly around 30 minutes into practice. Still, rain or shine, the Tigers were getting their first scrimmage in.
Unfortunately, it was not something open to any media, so what few pictures we have are from the official account or Charles Goldberg, who works for the school. We will hopefully hear from insiders through various websites as to what went on. Before those reports leak out, though, all we have to go on is what Gus Malzahn said in the post-practice press conference.
This morning’s scrimmage isn’t the only action for the Tigers, today. Today also marks the first two-a-day practice. So, they’ll be back out on the field this afternoon. We will not have any information for how that goes, however.
Auburn's spending Tuesday in Jordan-Hare Stadium for the first scrimmage of preseason practice... pic.twitter.com/epd0VepUNV— Auburn Gold Mine (@AUGoldMine) August 9, 2016
Secret Auburn scrimmage photo pic.twitter.com/OrNGtTmTcP— Auburn Gold Mine (@AUGoldMine) August 9, 2016
Sean White, Gus Malzahn. Jeremy Johnson. Scenes from Auburn's first scrimmage of the preseason Tuesday. pic.twitter.com/eHbl4wwwzl— Auburn Gold Mine (@AUGoldMine) August 9, 2016
The Press Conference
As expected, there isn’t a lot of meat in here. Gus is notoriously tight-lipped. There are already some reports out there in the pay-walled world. That one references the catch by Eli Stove. I’m trying not to get too excited over a true freshman wide receiver making spectacular catches. I want to know he can make the routine ones, first. Still, though, it’s nice to hear the WRs are doing ok.
It was "60-65% run plays," which I’m guessing is about what Gus would like the offense to look like in general.
There are some discrepancies on exactly what Gus said about this weekend’s scrimmage and naming a starting QB. I’ve seen Tweets saying he’s not certain he’ll name one after that, I’ve seen that he said there’s just no timeline, and I’ve seen that he said he doesn’t know if he needs that scrimmage in order to name one. I think they’re probably all correct; it’s a matter of which exact line each quoted.
Gus Malzahn said quarterbacks Sean White, Jeremy Johnson and John Franklin III rotated with the first and second teams in scrimmage— Auburn Gold Mine (@AUGoldMine) August 9, 2016
Malzahn called all three QBs "solid," and he praised Woody Barrett's work with the 3s. "He got a chance to show what he can do."— Justin Ferguson (@JFergusonBR) August 9, 2016
Malzahn was asked if the older quarterbacks will ever go live during camp. "We'd like to be able not to do that."— Justin Ferguson (@JFergusonBR) August 9, 2016
Gus Malzahn said Auburn scrimmage produced 'big plays on offense, big plays on defence. I thought that was pretty equal.'— Auburn Gold Mine (@AUGoldMine) August 9, 2016
Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn says this scrimmage was primarily a run evaluation day. #MGMAuburn— Matthew Stevens (@matthewcstevens) August 9, 2016
Auburn scrimmage was 60-65 percent run plays. 'We weren't real fancy on either side,' said Gus Malzahn.— Auburn Gold Mine (@AUGoldMine) August 9, 2016
Auburn will scrimmage again this weekend.— Auburn Gold Mine (@AUGoldMine) August 9, 2016
Malzahn says the team will have another scrimmage this weekend but isn't sure it's necessary to name a starting QB. #MGMAuburn— Matthew Stevens (@matthewcstevens) August 9, 2016
Auburn will have another scrimmage on Saturday. Malzahn isn't sure whether that will be when he decides who the starting QB will be.— Justin Ferguson (@JFergusonBR) August 9, 2016
Auburn will have another scrimmage this weekend. Malzahn not sure if he'll need it to name a starting QB https://t.co/0w6zuafBeb— Josh Vitale (@AUBlog) August 9, 2016
Freshman receiver Eli Stove 'made one catch that really stood out,' said Auburn's Gus Malzahn— Auburn Gold Mine (@AUGoldMine) August 9, 2016
Malzahn says Kam Martin protected the football. "With freshman, that's something I'm always looking at." #MGMAuburn— Matthew Stevens (@matthewcstevens) August 9, 2016
Auburn coach Gus Malzahn didn't reveal much of anything following scrimmage, team came out healthy, protected football— WarEagleExtra (@wareagleextra) August 9, 2016