Auburn’s now in the thick of it, no turning back now. We’ve gone full pads.
Four weeks. #WarEagle | #OurTime pic.twitter.com/DSB7zYMD2F— Auburn Football (@AuburnFootball) August 6, 2017
In addition to summer graduation yesterday, it was a big day on the Plains.
"You could tell it meant a lot to @CoachGusMalzahn for us to graduate."— Auburn Football (@AuburnFootball) August 6, 2017
5 Tigers got degrees today, 3 Graduate 1 Engineer and 1 Liberal Arts! Better Men, Fathers and Brothers! @AuburnTigers making a difference! pic.twitter.com/id8M0QviYA— Bruce Pearl (@coachbrucepearl) August 5, 2017
Let’s start with the scuttlebutt from the practice fields, though, as Auburn went through the first full-suited run-through of the fall. Practicing in the stadium yesterday, Gus Malzahn appropriately said “it just means more,” but the first day in pads may have left a couple questions unanswered.
First, the offensive line. We know that Malzahn wants some starters to separate themselves about two weeks into practice, and thankfully Auburn’s got a wealth of talent in certain areas, particularly the offensive line.
With as many as nine players for just five starting spots, "nobody is safe" in Auburn’s offensive line competition https://t.co/8onbNhgkGz pic.twitter.com/0fJqLF7Gjj— Josh Vitale (@AUBlog) August 5, 2017
Full-pads practice begin today. The real evaluations can begin for Auburn.https://t.co/itVfbKQsaY pic.twitter.com/MWkpr6kGQb— James Crepea (@JamesCrepea) August 5, 2017
And you can’t count out the linebackers as well! With the Williamses and Deshaun Davis back there, Auburn’s got a good crop of experienced guys, but the youngins that were signed back in February aren’t coming in to ride the pine.
Auburn freshmen linebackers will "for sure" contribute this seasonhttps://t.co/8IKR35tS1k pic.twitter.com/1r77mN6OOL— James Crepea (@JamesCrepea) August 5, 2017
Go even further, and the same can be said for the running backs, who have dual-1,000-yard capability this season.
“He still knows that we have one of the best backfields in the country and he's not going to be afraid to use it.” https://t.co/qg2Arcgl1i— Josh Vitale (@AUBlog) August 5, 2017
However, the one area (that you really hope you never need to use) that hasn’t shown signs of being shored up is the punter position. Ian Shannon is supposed to be the guy, but through the first couple of practices, Daniel Carlson took reps booting it away as well. That’s concerning at this point. Gus thinks so too...
REWIND: Here's what Auburn coach Gus Malzahn had to say following the team's fifth practice of the fall on Saturday https://t.co/NJPl85NDND— Josh Vitale (@AUBlog) August 5, 2017
Auburn will scrimmage on Monday, after they spent a lot of work on red zone opportunities yesterday (definitely needed after last year). After the first scrimmage you’ll always get some good nuggets and anonymous “long touchdown passes,” so we’ll pass along any information and thoughts we’ve got on that.
As for some good Sunday morning reading, get your numbers-game up and check out StatTiger’s latest column about the tweaks on the Auburn offense for this season.
StatTiger talks about tweaking the Auburn offense for 2017... https://t.co/x8KjVqNsty— Jason Caldwell (@ITATJason) August 5, 2017
And get hype for Auburn soccer! After a historic year last season, the Tigers will begin 2017 with a pretty solid spot in the polls. Both football teams on campus will start in the top fifteen!
AU ROUNDUP: Auburn soccer ranked No. 10 in preseason poll https://t.co/yrsH2vM3Qx— Josh Vitale (@AUBlog) August 6, 2017
Until later, War Eagle!