Auburn football will have a quick turnaround from the end of its 2016 season to the start of 2017 spring practices, head coach Gus Malzahn announced Wednesday evening.
According to SEC Country’s Andrew Astleford, Malzahn told reporters at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., that Auburn will open spring practices on Tuesday, Feb. 28.
Auburn will close its spring camp on Saturday, April 8, with its annual A-Day Game inside Jordan-Hare Stadium. Time and television coverage will be announced.
Malzahn also provided injury updates to two returning starters — quarterback Sean White and right guard Braden Smith.
Judging by Malzahn’s initial comments, White, who broke his right forearm in the first quarter of Auburn’s Sugar Bowl loss to Oklahoma, won’t be able to fully participate in spring practices.
“Right now, we’re hoping he gets to throw some in the spring,” Malzahn said, per Astleford. “I’ll have more updates as it gets closer. I’m just hoping he gets to throw some at this point.”
Smith, who injured his right hand during the Sugar Bowl, should be ready to go on Feb. 28.
“He’s going to be fine,” Malzahn said. “Right before spring, I’ll be able to give a full update. But, right now, I think he’s going to be good.”
Malzahn addressed the arm cramping that backup quarterback John Franklin III experienced in the Sugar Bowl, which prompted the now-departed Jeremy Johnson to finish the game for the Tigers.
Franklin said he went through something similar during high school in which his throwing hand would “lock up” because of a nerve issue. Malzahn said Auburn will take a closer look at the issue as the program gets closer to the start of spring practices.
“That’s the first time that’s happened when he was with us,” Malzahn said. “We’ll look at it more.”