Welcome to The Podcast on the Plains, SEC Country’s daily Auburn Football podcast with host Zac Blackerby. Today’s episode will feature what Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said over the weekend, including some walk-ons that earned scholarships.
With what sounds like was a successful scrimmage and fan day this weekend, the Tigers felt good vibes all throughout campus as student flooded the Plains with classes starting on Monday.
While there was no media viewing window of the scrimmage, it is possible to piece together some of what happened by listening to Malzahn as he spoke after the scrimmage on Saturday.
The team focused on special teams, third-down situations, and 2-minute situations. Malzahn also awarded six walk-ons with scholarships, wide receivers Will Hastings and Griffin King, tight end/offensive tackle Tucker Brown, H-back Keenan Sweeney, defensive lineman Gary Walker Jr, and linebacker Chase Ritter. Hastings and Walker spoke to the media on Saturday.
Blackerby also discusses how Stidham’s leadership has grown in practice since being named Auburn’s starting quarterback last week. Malzahn referred to this as expected, but Blackerby points out that this is the trait that makes Stidham’s situation different than the Jeremy Johnson debacle Auburn fans witnessed a few years ago. His poise and leadership is much different than anything Auburn has seen over the past several years.
The third-string running back spot is still in the air as the competition for slots on the depth chart continues to roll on this spring. Blackerby discusses how Devan Barrett may not be ready to assume the roll at the start of the season and how that is to be expected. He also reminds fans that he’s a freshman, and that’s OK. He predicts Barrett will be ready to contribute as the season develops.
Be on the lookout at 3:30 p.m. ET every weekday for the The Podcast on the Plains.
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