AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn practiced Tuesday morning at Jordan-Hare Stadium, where the Tigers held the first scrimmage of fall camp. Coach Gus Malzahn addressed the media in the early afternoon but did not announce a starting quarterback.
Quarterbacks Jeremy Johnson, Sean White and John Franklin III rotated with the first and second groups, Malzahn said. Auburn focused on running the ball more than passing and kept to the basics overall. All three quarterbacks scored during their time on the field.
The Tigers will scrimmage again in the coming week, but Malzahn said that he doesn’t think it will be necessary to scrimmage again before naming a starting quarterback.
- No players were injured during Tuesday’s scrimmage.
- Junior LB Tre Williams still is day-to-day after tweaking his ankle over the weekend.
What we know
- Each of the three groups participated in a similar number of plays in the scrimmage, Malzahn said, estimating the ones had 37 plays, the twos had 29 and the threes had 42. The score remained about even between the offense and the defense, he said.
- Freshman QB Woody Barrett played for the entire scrimmage. He protected the ball and communicated well during his first full-speed scrimmage with the Tigers, Malzahn said.
- The Tigers made several explosive plays throughout the morning, WR Tony Stevens said. Freshman WR Eli Stove was stopped on the 1-yard line after making a 50-yard catch on a jump ball.
- Wide receivers Stevens and Ryan Davis each contributed big plays while Marcus Davis and Jason Smith scored touchdowns.
- The Tigers worked specifically on special teams. Auburn went through field-goal and field-goal-block exercises and then drilled punts and punt returns midway through the scrimmage.
- The defense played well and rarely missed tackles on Tuesday morning, safety Stephen Roberts said. DB Johnathan Ford had a fumble recovery.
- Defensive backs Tray Matthews and Josh Holsey performed well, Roberts said, and he praised their motivation to return from injuries that caused them to miss time in 2015.
- Roberts was impressed with sophomore DB Markell Boston, who made numerous plays throughout the day.
- Freshman defensive lineman Derrick Brown continued to impress teammates and coaches.