Aug. 8, 2013
Gus Malzahn watches Jonathan Wallace in Wednesday's scrimmage (Todd Van Emst photo)
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn's first scrimmage came and went without much movement in the four-man quarterback race.
Things will probably be different when the Tigers scrimmage again Saturday.
"Hopefully, after Saturday, we'll have a chance to narrow it down," Malzahn said Thursday. "Now, narrow it down, I don't know what that means yet, other than the fact that we're rotating too many guys right now."
Auburn was back on the practice field Thursday morning for the first two-a-day session of the fall. Malzahn wasn't too pleased with the follow-up effort.
"I pulled the team up afterward and just told them that, bottom line, I wasn't happy with the way we responded," he said. "I didn't feel like our approach was good and we're going to have to make sure we are mentally and physically ready to practice each time."
But Malzahn said the quarterbacks had their moments in Wednesday's scrimmage, but Auburn still needs to find a manageable rotation moving toward the Aug. 31 opener against Washington State. Malzahn hasn't indicated the pecking order among quarterbacks Kiehl Frazier, Jonathan Wallace, Nick Marshall and Jeremy Johnson.
Malzahn made his quarterbacks live in the scrimmage and "I felt like they handled the pressure well."
"We had some guys hanging in the pocket. All four of them showed toughness and that's one of the No. 1 things that you look for in a quarterback. Can they hang in the pocket when the pressure is on and they all took pretty good licks. I think we got some good information. At the same time, there were some mistakes, but what we're doing is specifically looking at certain mistakes by each quarterback and we're going to try to put those guys in the same situation -- not only today, but in our next scrimmage."
Malzahn said his running backs showed good "ball security in the scrimmage."
"We feel like we have some options. A lot of guys can do different things. If you look back at our history, we're at our best when we've got running backs that are a little bit different, who can specialize," Malzahn said.
Charles Goldberg writes for AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine