AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn football returned to full pads Saturday — four weeks before its season opener against Georgia Southern. However, the Tigers didn’t have a full squad.
Auburn was without one of its highest-rated freshmen of the 2017 signing class, and a reserve defensive linemen wasn’t fully participating in drills.
Elsewhere, Auburn’s defense showed off three different full units in alignment drills and a head-to-head protection drill against the offensive line and backfield. Auburn also moved more players to special teams work in Day 5, including a few popular names on the return team.
Here’s what you need to know from Auburn’s fifth day of fall camp, which opened with a 25-minute viewing period for media members. Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn and three player will be available to the media after practice. SEC Country will put all of its camp coverage from today right here.
- True freshman linebacker T.D. Moultry was the only player not dressed in full pads Saturday afternoon. Moultry had his jersey and shorts on but didn’t have a helmet. He observed practice off to the side during the entire window.
- Junior defensive tackle Andrew Williams had a brace on his right knee. He was dressed out, but he didn’t fully participate in defensive line drills and was moving slow between practice areas.
What we saw
- Auburn showed off three different defensive units during an alignment drill at the beginning of the viewing window. Here’s how the waves broke down:
|DT||Dontavius Russell and Derrick Brown|
|LB||Darrell Williams and Tre’ Williams|
|CB||Carlton Davis and Jamel Dean|
|S||Tray Matthews and Stephen Roberts|
|DT||Alec Jackson and Byron Cowart|
|BUCK||Paul James III|
|LB||Montavious Atkinson and Deshaun Davis|
|CB||John Broussard Jr. and Traivon Leonard|
|S||Nick Ruffin and Daniel Thomas|
|DT||Tashawn Manning and Tyrone Truesdell|
|LB||K.J. Britt and Chandler Wooten|
|CB||Devin Guice and Jaylen McGriff|
|S||Jason Smith and Sam Sherrod|
- Richard McBryde and Tre Threat rotated in the second-team defense during a protection drill against the offensive line and backfield, mostly blitzing off the edges.
- As defensive coordinator Kevin Steele told us earlier in the week, take all the “depth charts” shown at practice with a grain of salt. However, it’s worth noting that true freshman Alec Jackson was working with the second-team defensive line Saturday. He’s a versatile playmaker up front who could break into the rotation this fall. The same goes for Traivon Leonard at cornerback and Jordyn Peters at nickel — those newcomers could contribute early.
- Auburn tried out a lot more players at kick return and punt return Saturday. Here’s the full list.
- Kick Return
- Kerryon Johnson
- Kam Martin
- Javaris Davis
- John Franklin III
- Noah Igbinoghene
- Devan Barrett
- Punt Return
- Stephen Roberts
- Ryan Davis
- Marquis McClain
- Griffin King
- Kick Return
- Once again, Ian Shannon and Aidan Marshall worked at punter, while Anders Carlson kicked off to the returners. Daniel Carlson worked on field goals on his own.
- The wide receivers worked by themselves for the entire viewing window. John Franklin III struggled in catching drills, while Sal Cannella continued to look smooth as a natural receiver.
- In protection drills — again, minus the receivers — this is how the two waves of offensive line and backfields looked:
|QB||Jarrett Stidham and Sean White|
|RB||Kamryn Pettway and Kerryon Johnson|
|RB||Malik Miller and Kam Martin|
|LT||Prince Tega Wanogho|
- Defensive line coach Rodney Garner was not a happy camper, so to speak, during his unit’s drills late in the window. Garner wasn’t pleased with the effort from true freshman defensive tackle Tyrone Truesdell, who drew the wrath of the veteran line coach for a solid minute.
What you can see
Protection drill featuring the first-team offenses and defenses:
A selection of practice photos from SEC Country’s Benjamin Wolk:
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— Benjamin Wolk (@benjaminwolk) August 5, 2017
Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn’s full post-practice press conference:
Auburn wide receiver Darius Slayton after practice: