Auburn football: The end of camp, start of school, Fan Day fun and soccer strikes

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The end of camp, start of school 

Football season is less than two weeks away.

Over the weekend, Auburn ended its preseason camp with a final scrimmage, held Fan Day on the Plains and prepared for the first day of classes on campus.

While there’s been a lot of progress in the last couple of weeks — Jarrett Stidham was named the starting quarterback and Ian Shannon claimed the punter job — decisions still have to be made.

Until fans can see with their own eyes who will start and kick things off for Auburn football, though, they can reflect on these highlights:

Fan Day fun

Coach Gus Malzahn and his players were excited to meet and greet fans at the Auburn Athletic Complex over the weekend.

Dedicated Auburn faithful started lining up hours before the 3:30 p.m. start, remaining in line for a couple of hours to meet and take pictures with players and coaches, who signed memorabilia for fans sporting blue and orange.

There was a lot of talk about family, winning and well-wishes from both sides — and some great pictures to regard.

In other Auburn football news:

Auburn soccer wins opener, battles back Sunday

Karen Hoppa’s team started the 2017-18 season with a bang, defeating South Alabama, 3-0, on Friday night. Goals came from Ellie Leek, Courtney Schell and Taylor Troutman, while Bri Folds added an assist.

Things looked a little bleaker for Auburn on Sunday afternoon as it fell behind early to Lipscomb.

Fortunately, Rocio Sanders scored her first career goal and Courtney Schell secured her second goal of the season, while Kristen Dodson tallied an assist. Here are some highlights from the match:

Next, Auburn travels to Clemson for a meeting with No. 13 Tigers on Aug. 25 (6:30 p.m. CT).

Tweet of the day

It’s no secret that Malzahn is hesitant to open up about, well, much of anything. That’s especially true when it comes to his football program.

Through the fall, the fifth-year head coach was asked several questions he wasn’t prepared to answer and he didn’t really try to mix up his responses much.

The good news is the season is coming and Malzahn won’t have a choice but to put his Tigers on full display.

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