AUBURN, Ala. — The final day of spring practices is in the books and answers are few at quarterback.
Auburn coach Gus Malzahn wrapped up spring practices with a two-hour set of drills Tuesday at the Auburn Athletics Complex. Reporters were not allowed access to the practice and there was not a media availability with coaches or players, but Malzahn did speak to its in-house reporter as he departed practice and reviewed the entire spring.
“I thought our quarterbacks did a solid job,” he said, according to AuburnTigers.com. “They all improved, their footwork, their decision making and just getting more comfortable playing the position.”
Once again, Malzahn provided no insight on who leads the three-man battle among Sean White, Jeremy Johnson and John Franklin III. The prevailing belief is the battle will rage through the summer and into the first two weeks of pre-season camp in August.
White and Johnson each fumbled the ball for turnovers inside the 30-yard line at the A-Day game Saturday. Johnson and Franklin both threw for touchdowns, but White was more consistent. He completed 8-of-14 passes for 125 yards while working mostly with the first-team offense.
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Malzahn said two “live” scrimmages earlier in the spring in which Franklin was eligible to be tackled by defenders provided more information than the A-Day game — White and Johnson were tackled in only one scrimmage.
Franklin committed three consecutive turnovers during one scrimmage, but also flashed his speed and made a couple of long runs behind closed doors.
“Our quarterbacks went live, and that gave our coaches a whole lot,” Malzahn said Tuesday, according to Auburn. “It was good for the defense, and it was great, not just for the quarterbacks, but the offense all together. We learned a lot in those scrimmages. But A-Day was good, too. There’s something to be said, and especially for the young guys, is how are they going to respond in front of a crowd. Some responded well. Some needed to respond better, but it was good information for our coaches.”