Auburn football coach Bryan Harsin and his squad practiced Monday for the 12th of 15 allotted spring sessions. The Tigers will conclude spring football with Saturday’s A-Day game. Auburn will hold the traditional spring scrimmage in front of fans at 1 pm CT at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Local reporters watched nearly 20 minutes of Monday’s practice that was held outdoors on a warm April evening on the Plains.
Let’s get into some observations from the third to last spring practice:
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– TJ Finley continues to take the majority of first-team reps during the media window. Finley threw crisp passes to running back Tank Bigsby out of the backfield. Auburn offensive coordinator Eric Kiesau said the offense would try to get the ball to Bigsby as often as possible. Seeing Bigsby run routes shows how creative the Tigers are willing to get.
– Oregon transfer Robby Ashford and freshman Holden Geriner split second-team reps during practice. It appears Finley is the favorite to win the starting role if the season starts this week. However, Ashford and Geriner will continue to get opportunities to unseat Finley before the Tigers open the season against Mercer at Jordan-Hare.
– Zach Calzada got reps with second-team wide receivers and running backs. Calzada is working his way back from a shoulder surgery that limited his reps throughout spring. During a passing drill, Calzada completed passes to Malcolm Johnson, Ze’Vian Capers, and several others. Harsin told reporters repeatedly that the team is taking a slow approach to working Calzada into the system.
– Former walk-on now scholarship athlete Sean Jackson continues to take advantage of getting more practice time with the second unit. Jackson found out about his new scholarship on Friday during practice. Running back coach Cadillac Williams believes Jackson will continue to improve.
“Oh wow. I’m ecstatic for the young man. Sean Jackson since day one, since he showed up here, all he has done his work, ”Williams told reporters. I mean he’s a very consistent player, natural running between the tackles. Great attitude. And I am excited for him and his family. And, like I said, the man’s well deserved, so excited for him now. Like I told him, ‘Let’s not relax, let’s continue to put in the hard work,’ but I’m excited for him. “
– Kilian Zierer at left tackle, Kameron Stutts at left guard, Jalil Irvin at center, Tate Johnson at right guard, and Alec Jackson at right tackle are getting lots of work in first-team situations. Starting center Nick Brahms, left guard Brandon Council, and Austin Troxell hasn’t fully participated in spring football making way for Zierer, Stutts, and Irvin to get more reps with the starting unit.
– Offensive line coach Will Friend believes there can be positives for the long run with younger players getting impactful practice situations.
“I think there’s some good and some bad to it,” Friend said. “There are some guys that you would like to have more work to improve on some of the things we’ve kind of pointed out that they need to improve on from a year ago, but it has allowed us to get a lot of younger guys , they’ve had to get a little more reps. That has been a plus because we’ve got to develop some depth in the room. ”
Nubyjas Wilborn covers Auburn for Alabama Media Group.