A Sunny, Warm A-Day!
A-Day open thread
(Photo by Acid Reign)
War Eagle, everybody! It’s Auburn football game day once again! It’s A-Day on the Plains. This game will be televised on the SEC Network channel. The game starts at 3:00 PM Central Daylight Time. It’s a great opportunity for us Tiger fans to see what this year’s team looks like and what they’ve learned during spring drills.
For those attending the game, lots of sunblock is in order. There may be a few passing clouds and a stiff breeze, but there is little, if any, chance for rain. Temps will mostly be in the low 80’s for this one.
As always, feel free to participate in this thread. I’ll at my desk, typing my first A-Day play by play in about a decade as I was unable to make the trip today. War Eagle, and enjoy the game!
…..My time is up, and I thank you for yours! I’ll try to have a review of this one up, before midweek.
…..Last play, as Jasinsky bulls inside the 40, and that will do it. The Orange beats the Blue, 28-10.
…..We are under 30 seconds, in this A-Day game.
…..Appleton fires on a cross, and Hill is loose, all the way to the 45!
…..2nd and 7. One more play?
…..Jasinsky gets about 3.
……At the 18, clock is under 2 minutes.
…..Ruled down before the fumble.
…..Appleton with the screen to Jasinsky, and he’s out to the 18, lost the ball?
…..Siposs, will have this punt fair caught at the 8 by Igbinoghene.
…..Here’s Appleton heaving another up down the right boundary, deflected incomplete.
……It does look emptied out, now.
…..2nd and 9, two backs for Appleton. He deals to Jasinsky again,
Light crowd here today Acid compared to previous A-Days.
Beautiful day especially sitting under the west over hang.
…..Gets the ball again, and spilled going sideways, not much.
….2nd and 10. Give, Jisinsky, got about 10.
…..Appleton heaves one down the middle, and misses a wide open man.
…..Backed up in the end zone, and we will see Will Appleton, at QB. And evidently a whole series played out during the last commercial break. Siposs punts out of the end zone, and we are under 7 minutes left in the game.
…..Siposs to punt. Aims for the corner, hits at the five, and out! Great placement.
……Quick screen, McFadden gets very little.
…..Brings up 3rd and 6. Sandberg has twins either side.
…..Joiner, will fight to the 44 up the gut.
…..No, they spot it at the 47.
……sandberg will give to Joiner on the sweep, to the 44.
……3rd quarter ends, with no scoring. It is the Orange still ahead, 28-10.
…..Two backs/tight end, Miller fights, across midfield, to the 49, moves the chains.
…..Brings up 3rd and 2, as the clock runs near the end of the 3rd.
……2nd and 3. Trips right. Pistol set. Give, Miller gets nothing.
….trip left. Screen McFadden, will get out to the 47.
…..Call it another first down.
…..2nd and 7. Trips right. Screen to McFadden, gets close to the stake.
…..Got it. 1st and 10 for Sandberg. Trips right. Fakes, keeps, gets a couple.
…..3rd down. Sandberg gets his play. Crossing pass, Fromm has it, will be close.
…..2nd and 10, trips left. Give Miller, fights for maybe three.
…..Sandberg to throw, into traffic, batted away, could have been picked.
…..After a red-hot first half, Nix has cooled considerably. Auburn’s best receivers, Seth Williams and Marquis McClain aren’t out there, either. That might have something to do with it!
…..Fade, not enough air to Canella, incomplete.
…..2nd and 11. Fake, fires on the slant into traffic, incomplete. ANother throw into coverage.
…..Call it no gain? Nix will give to Willams, for a yard at most.
…..2nd and 10. Nix under the gun, fires, picked off, fumbled, Williams gets it back, play ends up losing about 5.
…..Bo Nix is out, in a green shirt. Two backs at midfield. Give DJ Williams, cuts outside, doesn’t get much.
……Pace Ozmint lost the ball going down. Ouch.
…..3rd and 8. Trips right. Willis will face a blitz, stands in, fires to Ozmint for a big gain, then fumbled! Devan Barrett recovers.
…..2nd and 15. Two backs. Give on the buck sweep, Joiner got 7.
…..Trips right, tight end right. Give Joiner, got about 5.
…..Prince Michael Sammons flagged.
……Trips right, with a new set of downs for Willis. Give Joiner, bounces outside for about 10, but a flag. Holding…
…..3rd and 6. Trips left. Here’s an out to Moss, barely got the first down.
…..2nd and 7. Joiner again, pulled down immediately.
…..Willis in an orange jersey, will take the reins of the offense. Heavy set. Give Whitlow, rumbles for a couple. Joiner, not Whitlow.
…..Siposs unloads another rain-maker of a punt, 46 yards.
…..Came unblocked, basically.
…..3rd and 3. Draw to Miller, dumped for a loss by Big Kat Bryant!
…2nd and 3. Time, will fire into double coverage deep, batted away. Lucky to get that one back.
…..Trips right for Gatewood. Screen to Malik Miller, avoids a tackler, and has a nice gain!
…..Interesting. They put a green jersey on Joey Gatewood, for the second half.
…..If nothing else, I feel a lot better about quarterback play, this spring. Last year was a disaster, in the rain on A-Day.
…..We are about to start the 3rd quarter. Clock will not stop, in the second hafl.
…..Nice tribute to Carnell Williams. Love it!
…..I feel like Whitlow and Martin both did good things, and will be a nice combination in the fall. At the H-, it is really Schenker or nothing, I’m afraid. Jumbo sets need some work. We need some work, in the secondary.
…..I feel like Nix clearly won the QB battle in the first half, although he also made a few risky throws. Gatewood wasn’t as accurate. Nix also showed timely scrambling.
….It is halftime, with the Orange leading, 28-10.
….Trips right. Pistol set. Here is a quick curl, caught by Joiner, and that will about do it.
…..Give to Miller, nothing doing.
…..Bo Nix is 11 of 14, for about 150 yards.
….Carlson is money once again, and the Orange has taken a commanding 28-10 lead, with 37 seconds left in the first half of A-Day.
…..At midfield, 2nd and 2. Nix, time. Got hill wide open, easy, easy touchdown throw!
…..Defense jumped, free play, goes deep for Martin on the wheel, too strong. But it will come back on the flag.
…..At the 43. Comeback route, Hill has it, fights his way out of bounds, with 49 seconds left in the half.
….Brings up 3rd and 2. McClain on the curl, caught for a first.
…..Here’s a slant to McClain, out to the 30.
…..Dangerous pass, in traffic.
…..Nix will have time, too high for Kam Martin over the middle.
…..We will see Bo Nix, in the two minute drill, 1:40 left in the half.
…..Siposs in to punt, on 4th and 12 from the 28. Booms one, for 53 yards!
…..They can’t block Derrick Brown.
…..3rd and 13. 4 wides. Twist, and Willis is sacked again.
…..2nd and 9 for the Blue. Pistol set for Willis. Time, and then sacked by Moultry.
…..Malik Willis. Gives to Miller up the middle, nothing doing.
…..Carlson is up and good, and the Orange leads, 21-10, with 3:26 left in the half.
…..THAT, is how you high-point a football!
….Time, to the end zone, and Seth Williams with a great catch! TOuchdown!
….Gain of 8, 2nd and 2.
….Trips right, screen left to Whitlow, inside the 30.
…..Wasn’t as much contact as I though, upon a second look.
……2nd and 10. Two backs. Fake, up top again. and McCreary tackles Seth Williams before the ball got there, flag.
…..Trips right. Time for Gatewood, will go over the head of McClain again. McClain lost the ball, and stopped running.
…..2nd and 10. Trips left. Give Whitlow, and he’s loose out to the 48!
…..1st and 10 at the 35. Gatewood with time, goes deep, overthrown, looking for McClain.
….Jumbo set, give Whitlow, and surges ahead for the first down. Good push, there.
…..Call it five or more. 3rd and 2.
……2nd and 8. Two backs. Again, a shift. Give Whitlow, hit at the line, mashes for about 4.
…..Joey Gatewood takes over. Two backs. Changing his play. Give Whitlow, no room, dodges for a couple.
…..Siposs in to punt. launched to the 20, fair caught by Stove.
…..3rd and 14. Again, 4 wides in stacks. Draw to Malik Miller, no chance. STopped about 10 yards short.
….2nd and 17. Double stacks each side. Give Williams, yanked down by Brown.
…..Pressure from the D-line, at last!
…..At the 28. Two backs. Fake, Sandberg has no chance. Sacked by Derrick Brown!
…..It is 3rd and 1. Two backs. Sandberg will give it to DJ Williams, refuses to go down! Big gain.
…..Auburn looks set at corner with Igbinoghene and Javaris Davis. Nickel is much more unsettled. Hate to see Wooten go down. He had a shot at a starting job, there.
….And we’ve got Chandler Wooten down on the field, looks like a knee. Ouch.
…..Double stacks. Screen to Joiner, not much.
…..Sandberg at quarterback. Bunch look. Fires on the quickout, 5 yards to Fuqua.
…..Punt coming. Siposs with the punt, kills it on the sideline at the 4 yard line!
…..Two backs, this time. Fake, pressure, retreating, dumps to Schenker, avoids a really big sack.
….2nd and 10, and the give to Martin, got 5.
….Trips left. All kinds of time, will dump to Stove, got half of it back.
…..No wonder Nix is getting time.
…..That’s a holding flag, on Driscoll.
…..Fake, time, dumped to Martin, another first, but a flag.
…..Quick dump to Sal Cannella, got another first.
…..Bo Nix is back in the game. 4 wides, motion in. Nix with all kinds of time, takes off, gets at least ten before they blow it dead.
…..Corners look pretty helpless in coverage, too. Much like the LSU and Tennessee games of last year, but at least they aren’t drawing flags.
….Starting defense has taken their lumps, today, but locked down on that drive. One concern is that neither defense has gotten any pressure on the QB, unless a 7 man or more blitz is called.
…..A rocket of a punt, Tutt fair catches. 46 yards, for Arryn Siposs. Nice.
…..3rd and 15. three man rush, give Miller, and Coe makes the tackle for a loss. Wow.
…..2nd and 15. Trips right. Screen to Williams, dumped immediately.
…..Bunch look, this time. Willis fires, caught by Fuqua, not much.
…..Malik Willis starts the next drive for the blue. And it is blown dead.False start, not sure who.
…..Carlson boots it up, and thru. Orange leads, 14-10 with 11:54 left in the half.
….The orange takes a 13-10 lead.
…..Gatewood on the out, and Seth Williams has it for a score!
…..Celebrating Bruce Pearl, and the Auburn basketball team! Yesss!
…..Kind of a dangerous pass, as the corner on that side had jumped the route, but got blocked.
……Slip screen, Eli Stove, and he bulls for another first down. That ends the first quarter.
…..Fake, and a deep out, caught by Seth Williams, down at the 35!
……New set of downs. Gatewood fires on the quick hitch, caught by McClain.
…..2nd and 8. Motion across, give on the buck sweep to Whitlow, cuts back, and gets about ten!
…..Give to Whitlow, bounces outside, a couple.
….We will see Joey Gatewood back in at QB, on this drive from the 30 yard line.
…..Anders Carlson in. From 46. It is up, and good! The Blue takes a 10-7 lead, with 1:08 left in the first quarter.
…..Brings up 3rd and 7. Stacks, give Williams, got only a couple. I’d expect the field goal team in, here.
…..2nd and 7. Two backs. Draw, Williams is stopped at the line by Tutt.
4 wide set. Pistol. Sandberg will throw the tunnel screen, not much for Fuqua. 3 yards?
….Two backs, this time, draw play, Williams busting loose! To the 34!
…..Give DJ Williams, not much there. Again, no tight ends in the game.
…..Bailey Sharp, with the infraction.
….Trips to the boundary, ball blown dead. False start, 66.
…..Williams up the gut, has the first down.
….Cord Sandberg in. Gives to DJ Williams, picks up seven.
…..Nix looked impressive, on that drive. Took care of the ball, and had good awareness.
…..3rd and goal, from the 12. Freeze play, will throw to the end zone, Stove has it for a score. Free play, D-line jumped before the snap.
….Same look. Checking off. Nix gives to Kam Martin, got maybe 5.
…..Three wides from the 18. Fade to McClain, McCreary with great coverage, incomplete.
….Wipe it off. Stove called for an illegal pick.
….Two backs. First and goal. Motion out. Fake, and fired to Schenker on the quickout, TD, but a flag.
….3rd and 12 for Nix. Trips right. Blitz, Nix goes deep, and Seth Williams has it, inside the ten!
…..Trips right. Nix flushed, will throw it incomplete on the sideline.
…..Nix keeps, and he’s tagged behind the line.
…..A dump to Schenker, for a frist.
…..New set of downs. Changing the play. Give to Kam Martin up the gut, about 7. D-blown off the ball.
…..Nix fakes, and keeps, and gets more than ten before it is blown dead.
…..To throw. guns it to Craig Carter on the slant, first down.
…..We have Bo Nix at QB, now.
…..Backups kinda embarrassed the first team defense, on that drive.
…..SHould have been a PI flag, too. Matthew Hill made a great catch in traffic!
…..Two backs, now. Blitz, Miller unloads to the end zone, Hill comes down with it, over Tutt!
….No, they give him the spot. Handoff Miller, not much. And a flag on Tyrone Truesdale, for running onto the field late. They called that offsides?
…..Brings up 3rd and 9. Quick screen to Joiner, close to the stake, but a little short.
…..Trips to the wide side. Give Miller, lost yardage. We have not seen an H-back or tight end on the field, yet.
…..At the 43, trips to the boundary. Dumped to Miller, only a couple.
…..Keeper, and they let him get 10+ yards, before blowing it dead. Caught the refs off guard, on that one.
…..Willis fires on the slant, and is complete to Fuqua.
….Trips right. Screen to Malik Miller, picks up only 3.
….Willis brings the twos out.
…..It is an ominous start, for the first team offense. Could not move the second team defensive line, and Gatewood and McClain could not connect on a simple hitch pass with soft coverage.
…..Siposs booms the punt, and it rolls into the end zone.
…..3rd and 6 for the ones. Clean pocket, but Gatewood can’t connect with McClain on the simple hitch.
…..Zone read, Gatewood keeps, blown dead at the line.
…..Give Whitlow, not much against the second team front seven. No lead blocking.
…..And we are starting the game! Gatewood fires to Eli Stove, for a first down.
…..And as I say that, Osment makes a spectacular catch on a spin-around fade from Malik Willis.
…..Not much shown in this drill. Quarterbacks are all throwing underneath to the slot receivers on simple square ins, or outs.
….Bo Nix is wearing a number 10 jersey, just like his dad did, 25+ years ago.
…..Looks like the kickoff will be late. The team is still running skeleton drills.
…..Negligible wind, at this time.
…..Looks like a very large crowd, for this one.
…..Looks like there is no radio broadcast of this one, in the Tragic City today. It’s a TV only thing.
…..And we are live! It is partly sunny in Auburn at this minute, and about 80 degreesF. A slight breeze is making things a bit more comfortable. The Auburn legends football alumni game is well underway. Unfortunately, there is no remote coverage of that game, not even on local radio here in the Tragic City. Wish I could have been there to see it!
About Acid Reign:.....Still making noise after all these years! Lifetime slacker, dreamer, and miscreant with a knack for calculation. I was born in the United State of Texas, but have spent the majority of my years here amongst the shaded hills of the Tragic City, enjoying glorious smog-enhanced sunsets. In a troubled county, I live in a little slice of paradise between the ridges of Red and Shades Mountains. I've been an obsessive Auburn football follower since the Punt-Bama-Punt days, and have seen a lot of great football on the Plains. This lazy shirker finally learned the value of hard work and persistence from the fine folks in Auburn, and enjoys his return visits immensely! Hobbies include guitar-playing (or really just making loud and weird noise on any sort of instrument or object), cooking, computers, tennis, and old-school pen and paper RPGs. I love getting together with a good drink, great family, and friends..... (Acid Reign is Track ’Em Tigers’ Senior Editor). View Profile →
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