Auburn went through their first scrimmage of fall camp today. The Tigers were scheduled to conduct the practice in Jordan-Hare Stadium but thunder storms forced the practice to be held inside the Auburn Sports Complex practice facility.
It was the first time the coaches were able to evaluate players in a simulated game type situation. In an unusual move, Coach Mazahn decided to take the orange “no contact” jerseys off his four quarterbacks. The defensive players were excited to play a no hauls barred style of defense, getting after the QB’s.
Middle Line backer Jake Holland (who had a 70 yard interception) said he was excited, “I’ve never been in a scrimmage where the quarterbacks were live. That gives it a real feel, a game-like feel.”
Malzahn made the decision to see how Jonathan Wallace, Kiehl Frazier, Jeremy Johnson, and Nick Marshall would handle themselves in a pressured game situation. Gus said it was, “Tackle football. Real football. Just like you’re gonna see the very first game.”
Auburn’s second scrimmage is scheduled for Saturday. Malzahn hasn’t revealed whether or not he will run a live game type situation in that one but the fact that he took this unusual step shows he is serious about naming a starting quarterback – very soon. Expect the announcement to come by the first of the week.
Gus said he and Offensive Coordinator Rhett Lashlee have to evaluate and make the right pick and “the way to do that is to go live.” So this Saturday’s scrimmage may again be, “Tackle football … Real football.”
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