What we heard about Auburn football's second scrimmage of spring practice – SECcountry.com


AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn football is one week away from returning to Jordan-Hare Stadium for the annual A-Day spring game. But first, the Tigers capped the week with a hybrid practice-scrimmage at the indoor practice facility Saturday.

Auburn’s quarterbacks had a better time taking care of the ball Saturday, which was an issue during the scrimmage last week inside the stadium. The Tigers had a notable absence at receiver and picked up yet another injury scare on the offensive line.

Other highlights included an incredibly long field goal from a freshman special teams battery, another standout performance from a rising defensive playmaker and an appearance from Cam Newton.

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Here’s what Gus Malzahn, several Auburn players and SEC Country’s sources who watched the scrimmage said about what happened:

  • Junior wide receiver Darius Slayton was not at practice Saturday because of the flu. Sickness already has taken a toll on several players this spring for the Tigers. Jeremiah Dinson, Ryan Davis and Calvin Ashley have all missed time with it.
  • Junior center Kaleb Kim went down with an injury and had to be helped off the field, a source told SEC Country. The severity is unknown at this time. Even if it’s not a long-term one, Auburn doesn’t have a completely healthy center with Nick Brahms‘ ankle injury and Tucker Brown‘s foot issue.
  • The practice Saturday was split between situational work — red-zone, 2-minute, etc. — and a scrimmage that was focused on the second- and third-team units.
  • Malik Willis and Joey Gatewood did a better job of taking care of the ball Saturday. Gatewood had an interception on a 2-minute drill, per a source.
  • Anders Carlson hit a 62-yard field goal. It wasn’t live, but it was still an impressive boot from the redshirt freshman.
  • Big Kat Bryant had another great day. He’s “turned it up” recently, per Malzahn.
  • Noah Igbinoghene continued to work on defense primarily Saturday. That most likely will be his position for the rest of the spring, even with Auburn’s injuries at wide receiver.
  • Calvin Ashley was back at practice, splitting first-team reps with Austin Troxell at right tackle.
  • Cam Newton and his son, Chosen, were in the building. The Tigers had around 450 lettermen in town this weekend.



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