Auburn football returns to Jordan-Hare Stadium this weekend for the unofficial start of the 2017 season — the Tigers’ annual A-Day spring game.
Gus Malzahn has quite a mixture of old and new on his hands entering his fifth season as Auburn’s coach. The Tigers return a majority of their starters on both sides of the ball, including All-SEC running back Kamryn Pettway, defensive end Marlon Davidson, linebacker Deshaun Davis and safety Tray Matthews.
But Auburn has a new offensive coordinator in charge for the first time in the Malzahn era, as Chip Lindsey will make his public Jordan-Hare Stadium debut as play-caller at A-Day. Former Baylor quarterback Jarrett Stidham, the early leader in Auburn’s highest-profile position battle, also will be on display for the first time in front of Tigers fans.
AUBURN FOOTBALL: 10 things to watch in Saturday’s 2017 A-Day spring game
Here’s all the information you need to know about Auburn football’s 2017 A-Day spring game.
Auburn football 2017 A-Day spring game time, details
Date: Saturday, April 8
Time: 2 p.m. ET/1 p.m. CT
Location: Jordan-Hare Stadium; Auburn, Ala.
What TV channel is Auburn’s A-Day spring game on?
The game will be broadcasted on the SEC Network.
How can I watch Auburn’s A-Day spring game online?
The game will be broadcasted on WatchESPN.
Who is calling the game?
Play-by-play by Adam Amin, analysis by Brock Huard and sideline reporting by Lauren Sisler.
Auburn A-Day things to know
Get ready to run: Auburn’s spring game will feature the first-team offense vs. the second-team defense and the second-team offense vs. the first-team defense. The units should change dramatically after halftime, though, because the second half most likely will be played under a running clock.
Attention to attendance: Last year’s attendance for the A-Day game totaled 45,723 — the lowest of the Gus Malzahn era. The record was set in 2013, when 83,401 fans showed up to watch the Tigers scrimmage. (The game was followed by the last rolling of the original Toomer’s Oaks.) Nine months later, they played in the BCS National Championship Game.
Welcome back to Jordan-Hare: New Auburn offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey was a member of the Tigers’ staff for that record-breaking A-Day game in 2013. After spending three seasons as a top assistant at Southern Miss and Arizona State, Lindsey is back to replace longtime Malzahn right-hand man Rhett Lashlee.
That didn’t matter much: In last season’s A-Day spring game, Auburn’s leading rusher was Jovon Robinson, who picked up 83 yards on 10 carries including a 55-yard run. He later was dismissed from the team.
Scoreboard watching: In last year’s Auburn A-Day spring game, Blue defeated White 19-10. The game’s high scorer was kicker Daniel Carlson, who hit 5 field goals from 25, 33, 25, 52 and 55 yards as well as a pair of extra points.
Going for the 4-peat: Auburn kicker Daniel Carlson is one of the best special teams weapons in the country. He’s been a consistent star at A-Day through his entire career, too. If the Colorado native wins the special teams MVP award at this year’s game, he will have done it four straight times — a first for the program.
New blood must score the touchdowns: Auburn scored 2 touchdowns in last season’s A-Day game and neither player is on the roster this season. In fact, only 1 of those 2 players made the roster last fall. Receiver Marcus Davis caught a 40-yard TD pass and has graduated and Roc Thomas scored on an 8-yard reception. Thomas transferred to Jacksonville State last offseason.