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Auburn football practice report, Day 6: QBs go live in first scrimmage

The Tigers held their first scrimmage of the fall on Wednesday.

Todd Van Emst/Auburn University photo

Auburn scrimmaged inside Wednesday, moving away from Jordan-Hare Stadium when the rain came rolling into the Plains. Not surprisingly, the biggest development of the day involved the quarterbacks, as Nick Marshall, Jonathan Wallace, Kiehl Frazier and Jeremy Johnson traded in orange non-contact jerseys for blue contact jerseys. But other than that, not much news came out of Day 6.

Not much has changed here, and still not a lot of information on the individual quarterbacks, but with the coaches getting a chance to evaluate tape from Wednesday's scrimmage, hopefully that will change soon. Auburn ran 107 plays, and all four QBs in the running for the starting job received work. Gus Malzahn's quote on reactions in the pocket indicates he's maybe getting a better idea on the situation.

Right now, it sounds like the defense is ahead of the offense ...

So this tells us one of two things: the secondary and linebackers in pass coverage are playing well, or the quarterbacks are still struggling a bit. We'd like to believe the former, but if it's truly one or the other, the latter is more likely. Still, based on what coaches and players have been saying through the first several days of camp, it sounds like some defensive players really are performing well. After the last four years, that's a welcome development. (Also, JAKE HOLLAND DID A GOOD THING. How about that?)

We wouldn't want to be a part of any play that Lawson has blown up. Thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved.

In our preseason look at Auburn's true freshmen, we mentioned Stevens as a guy who could get playing time due to all the question marks at wide receiver. He has the size (6'4, 190 pounds) and speed (4.3-second 40-yard dash) to make an impact, and if he's running good routes, that makes him even more dangerous. Keep an eye on Stevens going forward. If Auburn's veteran pass catchers struggle, he should get a look.

Get well soon, Grimey.

Practice notes

Ryan Wood (Opelika-Auburn News)

Brandon Marcello (

Joel A. Erickson (

James Crepea (Montgomery Advertiser)

Ryan Black (Columbus Ledger-Enquirer)

Philip Marshall (Auburn Athletics)

Charles Goldberg (Auburn Athletics)

Other links

Auburn defenders happy to see QBs in blue jerseys (Wood)

Defense, running game shine on Wednesday (Marcello)

OL coach J.B. Grimes out due to medical procedure (Erickson)

Cameron Artis-Payne brings physicality to rushing attack (Erickson)

Kris Frost fighting to establish himself at middle linebacker (Black)

Video from the beat

Ryan Wood and O-A News colleague Mike Szvetitz break down the practice

Brandon Marcello and Joel A. Erickson discuss Wednesday's events

Linebackers work on tackling, receivers catch passes (Erickson)

QBs running read-option, Cody Parkey kicking (Black)

Auburn Athletics video

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