Day 5 of Auburn's fall camp featured full pads for the first time. The Tigers held a shorter practice Tuesday, and there's not a whole lot of hot news out there right now. But with the first scrimmage of the fall coming up Wednesday, that should change soon. The coaching staff made that clear in the post-practice presser.
Quarterback Jonathan Wallace was the holder on field goals today. Also took some snaps from starting center Reese Dismukes.— WarEagleExtra (@wareagleextra) August 6, 2013
FB Jay Prosch, on QBs: "It's hard to tell. It's not really my job to figure that out, but so far they're all doing really well."— Brandon Marcello (@bmarcello) August 7, 2013
Quarterbacks worked on footwork, as has been their early-practice routine. I did not see any throw passes.— Ryan Wood (@AUBlog) August 6, 2013
Gus Malzahn on QBs: "The two new guys are getting more comfortable, you can tell." He said Wallace/Frazier are more comfortable.— Ryan Wood (@AUBlog) August 6, 2013
Obviously, we can tell that -- no, never mind. We can't really tell much from that. Although, Nick Marshall and Jonathan Wallace were working with the top running backs again, while Kiehl Frazier and Jeremy Johnson were handing off to the second-tier backs. So we'll continue to speculate that the quarterback race has separated into two groups. Also, since Wallace is working on holding again, that could be a sign that he's more likely to be backup. Of course, these notes come from the limited media window, and Gus Malzahn could have completely switched it up when there weren't any extra eyeballs around.
Starting offensive line showed no change: Greg Robinson, Alex Kozan, Reese Dismukes, Chad Slade and Avery Young.— WarEagleExtra (@wareagleextra) August 6, 2013
#Auburn 2nd OL: LT Shon Coleman, LG Devonte Danzey, C Tunde Fariyike, RG Will Adams, RT Patrick Miller. Jordan Diamond not on first 2 teams.— Ryan Wood (@AUBlog) August 6, 2013
Malzahn said guard Jordan Diamond has been rotating with the "first two" units at offensive line.— Ryan Wood (@AUBlog) August 6, 2013
The offensive line is pretty much settled. Coming back from injury, Avery Young appears to have reclaimed his starting right tackle. Jordan Diamond is still working his way back, but when he's healthy, he should make a run at one of the starting guard positions, probably Kozan's spot on the left side.
Demetruce McNeal (staph infection/surgery) has a chance to return to practice in "next few days," Gus Malzahn says.— Brandon Marcello (@bmarcello) August 6, 2013
The sooner Demetruce McNeal is recovered, the better. He's one of Auburn's best upperclassmen on defense and should provide leadership in addition to strong play on the field. Get well soon, Meat.
Ryan Wood (Opelika-Auburn News)
Charles Goldberg (Auburn Athletics)
Ryan Black (Columbus Ledger-Enquirer)
James Crepea (Montgomery Advertiser)
Wednesday's scrimmage could provide separation in the QB race (Marcello)
Quarterbacks are looking to Wednesday's scrimmage (Goldberg)
Walk-on Gage Batton is working behind Jay Prosch at H-back (Erickson)
Greg Robinson is ready to protect the blind side (Wood)
Video from the beat
Erickson and Marcello discuss Tuesday's practice
Special teams highlights and strength coach Ryan Russell (Erickson)
Defense, special teams, quarterbacks (Marcello)
Johnathan Ford, Peyton Barber take handoffs from Kiehl Frazier, Jeremy Johnson (Erickson)
Malzahn says Tigers were physical in Tuesday's practice (Black)
Tuesday's practice highlights (Wood)
O-line works on run-blocking to the left (Wood)
Auburn Athletics video
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