Auburn football practice report: One 5-star freshman returns, another out on Day 7
AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn football stuck to the usual protection drills and special teams work for the final scheduled media viewing period of fall camp. But there was a good amount of change for the Tigers on Day 7.
One former 5-star true freshman came back to practice from injury, while another one sat out. Auburn mixed and matched all across its offensive line, and the defensive line showcased some 4-3 sets and inverted packages with tackles lining up on the edges.
A pair of defensive linemen remained absent from practice due to injury, while a familiar face returned to the punting game next to coach Gus Malzahn.
Here are the highlights from what we saw on Day 7 of Auburn football fall camp. Keep it locked here throughout the day for the post-practice press conferences and videos of the Tigers.
- True freshman linebacker T.D. Moultry was back at practice Tuesday. He missed Saturday’s practice and Monday’s scrimmage with an undisclosed injury, but he was back in action Tuesday, even rotating with the first-team linebackers in a protection drill.
- True freshman offensive tackle Calvin Ashley, another former 5-star like Moultry, was not dressed out for practice. He was without a helmet and stood on the sidelines during the viewing window.
- Sophomore defensive end Marlon Davidson remained out after missing the scrimmage Monday. Davidson had a brace on his left knee. Junior defensive tackle Andrew Williams was inactive for the third straight practice.
What we saw
- Auburn showed a full second-team defense and a first-team front seven during the viewing window. In the first-team and second-team protection drill, Auburn rotated an extra linebacker in the mix and sometimes showed a three-linebacker look. Here’s how that broke down.
FIRST-TEAM DEFENSE (MINUS SECONDARY)
|DT||Dontavius Russell and Derrick Brown|
|LB||Darrell Williams, Tre’ Williams and T.D. Moultry|
|DE||Paul James III|
|DT||Alec Jackson and Byron Cowart (Tyrone Truesdell rotating)|
|LB||Montavious Atkinson and Deshaun Davis (K.J. Britt and Chandler Wooten rotating)|
|CB||John Broussard Jr. and Traivon Leonard|
|S||Jordyn Peters and Jason Smith|
- In protection drills — as usual, minus the receivers — this is how the two waves of offensive line and backfields looked.
- It was definitely a mix and match time for Herb Hand, as Braden Smith repped back at right guard with Darius James taking snaps at right tackle. Prince Tega Wanogho replaced James at left tackle. Also of note: Mike Horton got first-team reps at left tackle, while Marquel Harrell was on the second team.
|QB||Jarrett Stidham and Sean White|
|RB||Kamryn Pettway and Kerryon Johnson|
|LT||Prince Tega Wanogho|
|QB||Malik Willis and Devin Adams|
|RB||Malik Miller, Kam Martin and Devan Barrett|
- Over on special teams, Gus Malzahn worked closely with the punters again. He came out to the practice field asking for Daniel Carlson, who joined in the back half of the period. Ian Shannon had the best punts of the group, which also included walk-on Aidan Marshall. Carlson looked the shakiest of the three. It’s been a while since he punted regularly for the Tigers.
- The punt returners remained the same: Stephen Roberts, Jason Smith and Griffin King.
- Inside, the kick returners worked through a dummy return that focused on alignment up front. Those returners: Kerryon Johnson, Kam Martin, Devan Barrett, John Franklin III and Noah Igbinoghene.
- Two representatives from the Atlanta Falcons were in attendance for practice, as well as one from the Denver Broncos.
What you can see
Auburn’s punters work with Gus Malzahn during practice:
Auburn’s wide receivers work on getting off the line with Kodi Burns:
Auburn cornerback Carlton Davis’ post-practice interview:
A selection of practice photos from Benjamin Wolk:
Auburn fall camp: Day 7 pic.twitter.com/PGufR4pgmS
— Benjamin Wolk (@benjaminwolk) August 8, 2017