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Gus Malzahn Discussing First Scrimmage of Fall Camp – Corrected

By on August 7th, 2017 in Football, News 30 Comments »

“Our number-one defense had a very good day today.”

The first Fall scrimmage is in the books! Hear what Gus Malzahn had to say about what he saw. 

There’s a lot of “coach speak” here. It’s still premature to speculate on who this coaching staff is leaning towards as far as starting quarterbacks go. The fact that Gus opened with praising the defense leads me to believe that Stidham, White, or Willis may have struggled. Or, at least were not exceptional in any way. This early, however, that’s not a huge concern. In fact, it would likely be more puzzling if Malzahn came out and praised any individual or all of the quarterbacks of the group. 

Update #1: It appears Jarrett Stidham threw two interceptions, including a pick 6 to Jamel Dean. T.D. Moultry was held out of the scrimmage for what Malzahn described as a “minor” injury. Eli Stove appeared to be moving gingerly due an apparent hamstring issue. More will be added later this afternoon. 

Update #2: From reading across various platforms, it appears that Stidham looked a little uncomfortable in today’s scrimmage. It’s being said that the players are equally confident in White and Stidham alike.

Update #3: Gus also mentioned a heavy rotation of offensive linemen today. I would expect more and more of that until a particular group is able to mesh well together. Offensive line’s are one of the most difficult components a football team has to develop. They serve as the foundation for any potential success. The good news is that Auburn has a lot of talent to move around until the most effective combination can be identified. I expect this position to be a significant strength this season.

Update #4: As has been reported by many other Auburn outlets already, it was actually Sean White who threw two interceptions in yesterday’s scrimmage. I stand corrected, and the Auburn Family can breathe a sigh of relief. 



  1. AUglenn says:

    Thanks for the video Derrick.

  2. jbellison56 says:

    Stidham looking uncomfortable? I hope he can get that out of the way now, don't need him to feel uncomfortable when he faces SEC defenses in a real SEC game.

  3. Wreckz says:

    It’s known here that White was the one that threw the picks right?

  4. easyedwin easyedwin says:

    Did White throw the pick 6 vs UGA last season?

  5. sparkey sparkey says:

    Man, I thought the folks On here would be more football savvy than this honestly. The offense is supposed to lose to the defense in the first scrimmage. You want your quarterbacks to feel uncomfortable the second day of even being in pads. If Stidham or White was comfortable, Auburn would be in trouble because the defense would have a really bad year.

    Come on guys, y’all are smarter than this. You have to know better. I mean, you alluded to it some in the article, but then seemed to panic again a little later until the update. Look, even if Stidham had thrown two picks too, that’s fine. We may have the best secondary in the SEC. The first scrimmage is designed to see how tough the offense is mentally and how do they respond after failing. They didn’t run KJ or KP at all and those two make the quarterback feel more comfortable than anybody else besides OL.

    Auburn needs Sean to be sharp as well. The fact he threw two interceptions and Stidham avoided them doesn’t mean everything is okay. IT IS OKAY IN THIS CASE-RELAX. To me, it is more interesting that our defense could be more dominate than it was last season with Carl Lawson and Monte Adams on the team. That would be outstanding!

  6. ausouthal says:

    Darrell Williams was being interviewed after the scrimmage. He stated Stidham had thrown two ints and one was a pick six. It really does not matter in my opinion if it was White or Stidham but all of a sudden people started claiming it was White that threw the ints. Does anyone actually know for “sure” one way or the other. I hate bad information with a passion. If you are going to it make sure it is true.

    • Derrick Roberts Derrick Roberts says:

      For the sake of accuracy, I attempted to correct it. But honestly, I’ve seen mixed accounts. It has flip-flopped in multiple directions since this press conference originally broke.

      And you’re absolutely right – it really doesn’t matter if it were White or Stidham. The first scrimmage is always rough. I was so heavy on the QB notes because the messageboards were on fire for a short time yesterday with news of Stidham’s alleged struggles.

      At the end of the day, scrimmages are great for coaches to evaluate talent and progress – and probably one of the worst things for fans to speculate on. There’s simply too little information to try and make an accurate/detailed account of how everything went down.

    • Derrick Roberts Derrick Roberts says:

      Also, for what it’s worth, I’ve been planning a detailed update to this post since this morning. Got to get home from work first and gather some more information. What seemed like a harmless tidbit from the team’s first scrimmage evolved into something much more complicated. So, on behalf of all of us at TET, I apologize for the inconsistent reporting. We simply try our best to get the general facts to you as fast as possible in these instances.

  7. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..Facts, opinions…. In my opinion, I read on Auburn Undercover that it was Stidham that threw the two picks. There was much hand-wringing in the comments section, too!

    …..And now for my next trick, I’m going to try to upgrade my Windows laptop, reinstall everything, AND get an Alabama preview done, this afternoon! No, I won’t be doing the post on the laptop. I’ll be on my desktop, watching, while endless updates and installations go on the smaller computer.

    • Derrick Roberts Derrick Roberts says:

      Windows upgrade on a laptop? You’re a brave man, Acid…

      • Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

        …..I believe I have acquired all driver installers necessary. Plus, it’s a Thinkpad. They are about as generic as it gets, in the PC world.

        • Derrick Roberts Derrick Roberts says:

          That won’t be as bad then. Thinkpad’s are awesome. (In their simplicity I mean)

        • neonbets says:

          Damn, Acid. This just has an ‘Acid’s Last Words’ feel to it. We’re all going to miss you, and we appreciate everything you did for us.
          Goodbye Old Friend.

          • HamiltonAUfan HamiltonAUfan says:


            Acid Reign is leaving TET?

          • ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN says:

            Once you go Mac you’ll never go back!! (Although I do have a Windows Virtual Machine – using VMWare Fusion – installed on a external USB drive just in case.)

          • Derrick Roberts Derrick Roberts says:

            We wanted to wait to announce it, but Acid will be leaving to update IBM Thinkpads on a full-time basis. Good luck, Acid!

          • ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN says:

            I hope there was a bit of sarcasm in Acid’s post!!

          • Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

            …..Keep your PC plugged in till this is done. Installing update 21 of 159…

          • Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

            …..I do have an IPhone-6, at work. It’s way simpler than an Android phone is, to use. That said, what I love about Windows is the HUGE amount of choice on software. My first computer was a Commodore, and it could not run any other brand’s software. I couldn’t even share files with folks in the PC or Apple world! There after, I wanted “industry standard.”

  8. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..In all seriousness, I’m not going anywhere, unless they throw me out! I’m guessing I’ll be checking endless progress bars for quite a while longer. Luckily, my desktop is still working.

    • Derrick Roberts Derrick Roberts says:

      I’ll reserve judgement on whether I’m team ‘Go’ or ‘Stay’ after I read your Alabama preview. Lol! I kid I kid…

    • neonbets says:

      OK, now I get it. Acid’s laying the foundation for his Sympathy Card for when people disagree with him this season. Hey man, stop giving me so much grief. Can’t you see I’ve been through enough? I’m a Windows Update Survivor!

      That’s just great. What’s next, Acid—With Lance Armstrong out of the way, are you going to start peddling yellow ‘Update Strong’ bracelets? Is a nonprofit scam for ‘Windows Research’ in the offing? Or, are you just going to parlay this affair into a lucrative career on the motivational speech circuit? So many choices….

      Talk about an acid trip: Acid, donning a black silicon valley turtle-neck sporting one of those Tony Robbins’ wireless microphones doin’ a Ted Talk on his Windows Update Struggle.

      This is all just so sad.

      • Derrick Roberts Derrick Roberts says:

        Hahaha. Maybe we can get Acid to do a ‘tech corner’ article beginning this offseason? I’m on board with this.

  9. Tigerstripe Tigerstripe says:

    Sorry for the confusion…I actually threw those interceptions but don’t worry too much, it was just practice.