26 days from now we’ll all be enjoying the splendor of an Auburn Football gameday. As it stands now, we are languishing in the tiny tidbits leaking from practices and what we can glean from Gus Malzahn at the podium every few days. That said, things on the practice fields seem alright in most areas, with coaches discussing depth and how fiery the young guys are.
In one particular area, however, we’re looking at a (hopefully seldomly-used) position that hasn’t seen anyone take it by the neck and stamp their mark on it. That’s the punter spot, and it leads off today as the Tigers get ready to scrimmage for the first time this fall.
Punter remains the biggest question mark on @AuburnFootball's roster. https://t.co/ne1xIQwVFt— Mike Bambach (@MikeBambach) August 6, 2017
Punters are people, too. But none have emerged in the battle to be Auburn's. That, Gus Malzahn says, is "concerning" https://t.co/fUlfbSBp3Y pic.twitter.com/zUaxrjP6MF— Josh Vitale (@AUBlog) August 7, 2017
On another note, a guy that splashed onto the scene last season with his one-handed catch against Arkansas State was Kyle Davis. He was a part of that stellar receiver recruiting class from 2016, but he missed the spring due to some personal issues.
Ain’t a problem anymore. He’s back and drawing plenty of praise.
"Same ol’ Kyle” is back — and it’s been a lift to the rest of the @AuburnFootball's WRs. https://t.co/1xPtdeKlCj— Mike Bambach (@MikeBambach) August 6, 2017
As for that scrimmage that’s set for today, we’ll hear plenty about it later this evening, but to set it up, several position battles will take more shape today and they plan to run a ton of plays. It’s a good thing that we haven’t heard about “arm soreness” yet from any of the quarterbacks like we used to hear every fall from the Tuberville camp about Brandon Cox.
"That's when we'll really be able to evaluate."— Josh Vitale (@AUBlog) August 6, 2017
Auburn set for "big" first scrimmage of the fall on Monday https://t.co/ATmMwf745d pic.twitter.com/s0SFRCec6o
In other news, over the weekend, a bunch of Auburn football lettermen were invited back to campus to hang around and check out practice.
We're always grateful to have the Auburn Lettermen back on The Plains.#WarEagle pic.twitter.com/20Bp01YY7m— Auburn Football (@AuburnFootball) August 6, 2017
And a favorite former Tiger has found his way to another NFL roster!
Former @AuburnFootball standout @bynestime56 is back in the @NFL after signing with the @AZCardinals. https://t.co/zxBPjTN17U— Mark Inabinett (@AMarkG1) August 6, 2017
And check out this assessment from Fox’s Joel Klatt... I think the #13 ranking surprised plenty of people when the Coach’s Poll came out last week, and I saw plenty of “No! Don’t rank us high!” reactions on Twitter. Maybe Klatt’s right, let’s wait and see.
"I think they're talented, but just pump the brakes a little."@AuburnFootball takes No. 20 in @joelklatt's Preseason Poll. pic.twitter.com/K4pEGgebfj— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) August 6, 2017
As for Bruce Pearl and his guys, they’re gearing up for basketball season in a very foreign way -- by going to Italy!
Tigers about to ✈️ to Italy #WarEagle #AUhoopsItaly pic.twitter.com/wRHXtHD4V8— Auburn Basketball (@AuburnMBB) August 6, 2017
Freshman @chuma_okeke interviews @akmclemore before boarding the flight to Italy. ✈️ #WarEagle pic.twitter.com/DlgvtSPw2v— Auburn Basketball (@AuburnMBB) August 7, 2017
If you’re bored at work, you can surreptitiously listen to great old Auburn games on the Auburn TuneIn channel, and today’s got a reptilian theme to it. Dive right in!
You'll notice a theme on our @tunein channel - we're hunting Gators all day!— AUSportsNetwork (@AUSportsNetwork) August 7, 2017
Until later, see ya later alligator.