The Auburn Tigers held their first scrimmage of the fall practice schedule this morning, and Gus Malzahn visited with the media right afterward to unload some of the particulars... let’s just give you the goods.
Malzahn said they did live field goal, field goal block and punt return during the scrimmage https://t.co/C3uR5F7Ntc— Josh Vitale (@AUBlog) August 7, 2017
100 plays during the scrimmage, Malzahn said. 50 run, 50 pass between 1s, 2s and 3s https://t.co/C3uR5F7Ntc— Josh Vitale (@AUBlog) August 7, 2017
Auburn Coach Gus Malzahn said they did a lot of rotating on O-Line in 100 play scrimmage— Jason Caldwell (@ITATJason) August 7, 2017
After Malzahn said he’d like to start establishing starters two weeks into practice, they’ll take the time now to assess a ton of guys. As for the offensive line, Auburn’s got a boatload of experience and some guys who’ve been really strong, but there are still a couple positions to be settled, especially with transfers Casey Dunn and Wilson Bell trying to find spots.
Auburn's scrimmage today went +/- 100 plays. Malzahn says top defense was very good vs the run.— Jay G. Tate (@JayGTate) August 7, 2017
With the offensive line rotating so much, that could be the reason the defense was so good against the run today, even though that was a relative strength a year ago. It’s good to see that at least the first string defense has kept that up to this point.
No Pettway or Johnson today. Malzahn said the bulk of the RB reps went to guys fighting for the No. 3 role https://t.co/C3uR5F7Ntc— Josh Vitale (@AUBlog) August 7, 2017
You know what Pettway and Johnson can do, and with the way the offense really bogged down last season with Pettway injured, this is a smart move. I bet you the defense doesn’t mind not having to deal with tackling him in practice as well.
Malzahn: "It gave us a good opportunity to see where we are from a mental standpoint."— Jay G. Tate (@JayGTate) August 7, 2017
T.D. Moultry and Andrew Williams did not scrimmage, but are expected back soon https://t.co/C3uR5F7Ntc— Josh Vitale (@AUBlog) August 7, 2017
Here come the requisite bumps and bruises that you get anytime contact really starts, especially through the first couple of days when guys haven’t quite gotten their sea legs back.
Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said RBs Kerryon Johnson & Kamryn Pettway were inactive by design for scrimmage. No injuries for either of them.— Matthew Stevens (@matthewcstevens) August 7, 2017
Malzahn said Jarrett Stidham and Sean White bot "did good things at times" during the scrimmage https://t.co/C3uR5F7Ntc— Josh Vitale (@AUBlog) August 7, 2017
From some reports, Jarrett Stidham threw a couple of interceptions, with Jamel Dean taking one back for a score.
Obviously when your offense and defense go against each other, one side has to win and one side has to lose. If Stidham torched the Tiger defense for five touchdowns in the scrimmage, we’d think Kevin Steele had some work to do. As it is, the reinforced emphasis on snagging turnovers this offseason seems to have worked through the first scrimmage. Looks like Jamel Dean might get to enjoy the armchair privileges for the next defensive backs meeting.
Malzahn said it's possible neither Kerryon Johnson and Kamryn Pettway could be tackled before Sept. 2 season opener to keep them healthy.— Matthew Stevens (@matthewcstevens) August 7, 2017
Have always felt by end of season this dude would be #3. Got a special future https://t.co/nMrINPfIOl— AUNerd (@AUSportsNerd) August 7, 2017
Malzahn said picture at WR is starting to become clearer. Kodi Burns is looking for two-deep at each position https://t.co/C3uR5F7Ntc— Josh Vitale (@AUBlog) August 7, 2017
Reports are that Noah Igbinoghene (still had to look up how to spell it) has been really impressing the coaches and could be in line for a rotation spot. In seeing how Auburn’s freshman receivers ended up being some of the biggest playmakers last season, it’s not surprising they’re giving Iggy a shot during fall camp. Sounds like he’s taking advantage.
Gus Malzahn on Austin Golson: "Right now, he's our starting center." Called him one of the leaders up front along with Braden Smith.— Josh Vitale (@AUBlog) August 7, 2017
Malzahn says Austin Golson "is probably one of the best centers in college football". Doesn't sound like he'll move from there. #MGMAuburn— Matthew Stevens (@matthewcstevens) August 7, 2017
Malzahn says he's been impressed with Sal Cannella's attitude out there. Teammates say he's a savage when vying for the ball.— Jay G. Tate (@JayGTate) August 7, 2017
Sal Cannella’s another one of the guys in Kodi Burns’ group that sounds like he’s making waves. With Jalen Harris the likely tight end, Cannella’s been a slippery receiver that looks like he’ll be able to play in multiple positions.
Auburn will scrimmage again on Saturday https://t.co/C3uR5F7Ntc— Josh Vitale (@AUBlog) August 7, 2017
Wait....Malzahn says DE Marlon Davidson did not scrimmage today. Puts his injury in category of T.D. Moultry & Andrew Williams "day-to-day"— Matthew Stevens (@matthewcstevens) August 7, 2017
Now, here’s the news we don’t really want to hear. With the way the Carl Lawson injuries derailed things for the defense in 2014 and a good portion of 2015, we’d like to believe that the “day-to-day” diagnosis is correct. Davidson’s probably not quite as important to this defense as Lawson was in those years, but he’s primed to have a fantastic sophomore year from the defensive end spot. We’ll need him healthy.
If Davidson sits out the GSU game and comes back fresh for Clemson, that's far, far from the worst thing in the world. https://t.co/elh0PLDiDS— Jerry Hinnen (@JerryHinnen) August 7, 2017
As long as we don’t lose to GSU.
Tomorrow, there’s another open viewing window for the media at practice, and then we’ll get to hear from selected players afterward. Until then, War Eagle!