Auburn football practice report: Three-deep on offensive line, first look at kick/punt returners on Day 3
AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn football didn’t show off a lot of full-team work in its third practice of fall camp and the second viewing window for media members.
Instead, the players — in shoulder pads for the first time all camp — worked mostly with their individual units in the 20-minute period. The window gave a look at a three-deep on the offensive line, which featured some movement in the deeper units.
Auburn also worked on kick and punt return for the first time in a media window this fall, with a few new faces popping up in those special teams drills.
Here’s what you need to know from Auburn’s third day of fall camp, which opened with a 20-minute viewing window for media members. Keep it locked here for updates throughout the day, including tonight’s press conference with offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey and three more players.
What we saw
- Auburn didn’t do a pace drill or a full protection drill during the viewing window Wednesday, so there wasn’t a full look at the first- or second-team offenses or defenses.
- The defensive line stretched for a while then went through chute drills. The wide receivers worked on routes and catching on their own. Linebackers worked on filling their gaps while the secondary had alignment work behind them — more on that later.
- Over on the defensive line, Marlon Davidson had a massive elbow brace on, but he was going through practice at full speed.
- One interesting note on quarterbacks: Auburn worked on taking snaps from under center and tossing the ball out to the running backs on pitch plays. That’s a rarity under Gus Malzahn and something that doesn’t happen much during the viewing windows.
- Media members got a good look at three different offensive line units in a shortened protection drill and individual unit work.
- The first unit mostly remained the same — Wilson Bell got a few reps at first-team right guard with Mike Horton — but there was a bigger twist on down the line. Kaleb Kim worked at left guard instead of center, and true freshman Nick Brahms was the third center. Calvin Ashley at left tackle highlighted the rest of the third unit.
- 1st offensive line
- LT: Darius James
- LG: Marquel Harrell
- C: Austin Golson
- RG: Mike Horton/Wilson Bell
- RT: Braden Smith
- 2nd offensive line
- LT: Prince Tega Wanogho
- LG: Kaleb Kim
- C: Casey Dunn
- RG: Wilson Bell
- RT: Bailey Sharp
- 3rd offensive line
- LT: Calvin Ashley
- LG: Trent Kelley
- C: Nick Brahms
- RG: Tyler Carr
- RT: Prince Sammons
- 1st offensive line
- Auburn worked on kick return and punt return during the window. Head coach Gus Malzahn worked closely with the punt returners, which consisted of Stephen Roberts, Ryan Davis and Griffin King. The punters, again, were Ian Shannon and walk-on Aidan Marshall.
- Over at kick return, Javaris Davis, Eli Stove and true freshman Noah Igbinoghene took kickoffs from Anders Carlson. Daniel Carlson did individual work on the back field.
- The secondary showed a couple of waves in an alignment drill. However, as soon as the drill was done, defensive coordinator Kevin Steele came over and told reporters that the coaches move players around on purpose whenever the media are watching. (For example, Jeremiah Dinson and Jayvaughn Myers weren’t out there, as Steele pointed out.) All that to say: Take all of these early-season depth charts and units with a huge grain of salt.
- 1st secondary
- Cornerbacks: Carlton Davis and Jamel Dean
- Safeties: Tray Mattthews and Stephen Roberts
- Nickel: Javaris Davis
- 2nd secondary
- Cornerbacks: John Broussard Jr. and Malcolm Askew
- Safeties: Nick Ruffin and Daniel Thomas
- Nickel: Jordyn Peters
- 1st secondary
- When the media first walked onto the practice field, Auburn had a freshman-filled defense working on alignment. Markaviest Bryant was at Buck, and T.D. Moultry and K.J. Britt made up the two linebacker unit.
- The window ended with stretching, and Jarrett Stidham made it a point to slap hands with every offensive player in the front row before it began. (Except for roommate and H-back Chandler Cox, who got a headbutt.)
What we wrote
- Chip Lindsey isn’t buying into talk that Jarrett Stidham has already won Auburn’s starting QB job
- Kamryn Pettway’s goal for 2017? Breaking Auburn football’s all-time rushing record
- Auburn DE Marlon Davidson sprained elbow in spring, plans to wear brace for 2017
- For Auburn senior LB Tre’ Williams, 2017 is the ‘year to do it’
- Javaris Davis could start somewhere other than cornerback for Auburn football in 2017
What you can watch
Auburn’s defensive line going through drills with Rodney Garner:
Auburn’s three offensive lines going through an individual drill with Herb Hand:
Deshaun Davis picking fights, Chandler Cox screaming & Kyle Davis' (and Jalen Harris') handshake mastery = Wednesday Auburn stretching lines pic.twitter.com/unqMbJbt72
— Lauren Shute (@LShute13) August 2, 2017
Auburn offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey’s full post-practice press conference:
Auburn defensive end Marlon Davidson talks first few days of practice:
Auburn running back Kamryn Pettway sets his personal goal for 2017:
He said what?
“Either he gets laid out or he moves out of the way. Look, I… if the corner steps in his way, good for him, respect, but I don’t think there’s going to be many corners out there that can stop him one on one, squared up. There’s very few. Very, very few.”
-Kerryon Johnson on what happens if a cornerback tries to tackle Kamryn Pettway