Auburn football practice report: Jarrett Stidham shines, offense rebounds in 2nd scrimmage

AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn football returned to Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday, three weeks away from their season opener against Georgia Southern. And unlike the first scrimmage, the Tigers’ offense put together some drives that fans will want to see next month.

The starting quarterback battle moved closer to a resolution Saturday with one quarterback standing out above the rest. All three of the Tigers’ scholarship signal callers led impressive drives, but the presumptive starter looked the best inside Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Auburn’s second scrimmage, just like its first one, was closed to the media. But here’s what we heard about what happened inside Jordan-Hare Stadium on Day 10 of fall camp from Gus Malzahn, several players and sources who watched Saturday’s scrimmage.

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Auburn wide receiver Kyle Davis was held out of Saturday’s scrimmage. (Benjamin Wolk/SEC Country)

Injury update

  • Sophomore wide receiver  Kyle Davis did not dress out Saturday, along with defensive backs Tray Matthews and  Daniel Thomas. All three were held out “by design,” according to Malzahn, along with some other members of the first-team offense. That led to a bigger day offensively.
  • Sophomore defensive end  Marlon Davidson, junior defensive tackle  Andrew Williams  and true freshman offensive tackle  Calvin Ashley remained out with injuries Saturday.
  • Malzahn said there were “no major injuries” during the scrimmage.
  • True freshman athlete  JaTarvious Whitlow, who has worked at running back this fall, is the only player who might not be ready for the first game, Malzahn said. Whitlow has an ankle injury.
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Jarrett Stidham and Malik Willis each had strong performances Saturday. (Wade Rackley/Auburn Athletics)

What we heard

  • The offense bounced back from a rough first scrimmage with several explosive touchdowns downfield Saturday. All three quarterbacks scored through the air.  Jarrett Stidham fired a touchdown pass that went 90-plus yards, and  Malik Willis did the same to  Marquis McClain.
  • Multiple sources who watched the practice said Stidham was by far the standout quarterback Saturday. Stidham had multiple good throws downfield and had a impressive tuck and run for a first down.
  • Sean White had a rough Saturday for the most part. According to one source, White held onto the ball too long in the scrimmage and threw several bad passes — at least one was picked, while several others were nearly intercepted. However, he also threw a long touchdown pass to  Nate Craig-Myers, who continued a strong fall camp.
  • Malzahn said Stidham and White split first-team reps today. Both worked with the second team, along with Willis.
  • Kamryn Pettway and  Kerryon Johnson got first-team reps in situational drills at running back. The staff used a quick whistle in those situations and didn’t let them get tackled to the ground.
  • In special teams news, Daniel Carlson missed a 58-yard field goal just short. John Franklin III  and  Noah Igbinoghene got most of the work at kick return. Malzahn said  Ian Shannon had a lot of pressure on him today, but he thought he did well. Walk-on punter  Aidan Marshall didn’t help his case in the battle during the scrimmage, according to a source.
  • True freshman linebacker K.J. Britt had a pair of huge hits in the scrimmage.
  • Malzahn said the No. 1 goal for Saturday’s scrimmage was to work true freshmen in certain situations and some veterans on down the depth chart. That was most obvious on the defensive side.

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