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Complete A-Day Preview

By on April 17th, 2015 in Football 5 Comments »

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When: Tiger Walk starts at 11:45 am CT in the usual spot, while the game begins at 1:00 pm CT.

Rules: This year’s edition will feature a similar format to years past. There will be 12-minute quarters with “regular clock rules”, but with the possibility of a running clock in the second half in order to avoid injuries as well as speed up the game. Special teams, as always, will not be live. 

“We’ll divide up teams like we’ve done in the past,” Malzahn said, “… and try to make it as close to a game-like situation as possible.”

Who To Watch:

QB Sean White: Obviously most of the hype has surrounded Jeremy Johnson this offseason, but with pinpoint accuracy and the ability to move within the pocket, the Tigers are set at the quarterback position for the next four years. 

RB Jovon Robinson: It’s been a mighty long road to the Plains for Robinson, as he played a year of JUCO-ball last year following the grade-change scandal in 2012. But by all accounts, Robinson could very well be our starting running back this fall. Look for a tight battle between sophomore Roc Thomas and Robinson this Saturday. 

C Austin Golson: The departure of Reese Dismukes has left some very big shoes to fill, but Austin Golson, a sophomore transfer from Ole Miss, is more than ready to step up and fill in the missing piece. 

S Tray Matthews: This former Georgia Bulldog is one I’ve wanted at Auburn since the very beginning. With a very stocky frame for a defensive back, Matthews will provide the Tigers’ pass defense with a ruthless, aggressive mentality. Something that seems to have been missing from Auburn’s secondary for a little while.

“Tray is a big dude with great energy, a tough guy. He’s going to be a great leader for us,” Auburn secondary coach Travaris Robinson said.

Injury Report:

CB Jonathan Jones (Out): Recently had surgery on his foot, and will be out for the remainder of spring practice.

WR Tony Stevens (Out): Not a serious injury, but has been ruled out for Saturday’s scrimmage.

LB Cameron Toney (Questionable): Toney has been nursing a concussion, but could be cleared to play tomorrow.

OL Alex Kozan (Probable)

DE Carl Lawson (Probable)

What Else Is On Campus (updated for weather):

Baseball vs. Ole Miss: doubleheader, 12:00 pm and 5:00 pm CT

Softball vs. Alabama: doubleheader, 12:30 pm and 5:00 pm CT

Toomer’s Corner Block Party (Nick Jonas, Kesha, Nelly): 5:00 pm CT

See you there! War Eagle!

5 Comments

  1. AUglenn says:

    This will be my first A-Day experience and I’m hoping the rain holds off. I’m really looking forward to it. Thanks for the preview Cole, helps a lot.

  2. sparkey sparkey says:

    You forgot to mention Jonathan Jones has undergone Spring ending foot surgery and is out indefinitely.

  3. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..It will be interesting seeing who sits this one out. Something like nine guys were in orange non-contact jerseys in practice this week, including Tray Matthews. Will they sit, or are the coaches just healing them up so that they can go on A-Day? I’ve got my little six-point-font roster all printed and ready! Got the whole team on one page…

    • sparkey sparkey says:

      I would rather get 10-15 extra practices in preseason time instead of this Spring ball. What if Jones’s injury is more serious than they are letting on and he is out for the season? So, we just lost our best corner and highest draft pick on defense this season if Carl doesn’t go early in the freaking month of April. On top of that, I am sick to death of the excuses for the DL because it didn’t have Carl. Give me a break, that’s one freaking player. Regardless, Lawson missed last season because of freaking March. I would much rather lose a kid in August than lose him in March or April. It just seems like such a waste.

      Plus, the practices in the preseason would get the players in a better form for the first game of the season and the better team (like ours this season) would have an even greater chance of winning.

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