Despite basketball season ending over a week ago, we’ve now got baseball, spring football, and softball in full swing as the weather gets warmer on the Plains in Auburn, Alabama.
Last night, the Tigers beat Alabama 5-2 in the Capital City Classic in Montgomery, which should come as no surprise to anyone since it happens every year. Biscuits all around!
Will Holland hit a pair of solo homers, Edouard Julien knocked a three-run shot, and Auburn’s pitching shut down the Tide until late in the game. Jack Owen got his first win after a four-inning, one-hit performance. We’ll have a full recap of the midweek action later on.
Will be using this video whenever anything good happens ever pic.twitter.com/sMHbJf1wnu— Barstool Auburn (@WarDamnStool) March 27, 2018
Now, on the football field, it’s been a bit of a quiet spring since we had basketball in the NCAA Tournament, and both of our diamond teams playing so well. Add in the fact that starting quarterback Jarrett Stidham has been sidelined after surgery, and spring football’s a chance to look at some younger guys and fill holes elsewhere.
The first scrimmage of the year came over the weekend, with the defense taking control and forcing turnovers.
Auburn’s defense dominated in its first scrimmage Saturday. That shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. Here’s why: https://t.co/qziCmkntGe— Justin Ferguson (@JFergusonAU) March 26, 2018
One of the biggest battles on the roster will come at the running back spot, where we lost Kerryon Johnson to the Draft. We’ve got a ton of young guys coming along to try and fill that void, but one of them is showing the moves and the ability to be that game-changer that we want to see.
Why one teammate compared watching JaTarvious Whitlow at running back in Auburn's 1st scrimmage to watching "Friday Night Lights" and playing "Madden"— Tom Green (@Tomas_Verde) March 24, 2018
"When you put Boobee in, we gonna win."https://t.co/VeDfSVQzsc pic.twitter.com/nKu9qxof7h
And so that brings us to what the team may look like once we get to see them on A-Day. Check out this projected depth chart.
A couple of things are for sure -- our defensive front seven and our wideouts ought to be fantastic, and if we can get some reliable line/running back play, we should be very very good again.
Stick around for Part 3 of Thomas Northcutt’s series on his time as a team manager, coming later today! War Eagle!