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'Pieces of the puzzle:' How will Auburn's freshmen fit in?
Aug. 9, 2015

Gus Malzahn will be looking for good things in Auburn's first scrimmage Monday

By Charles Goldberg

AUBURN, Ala. ― The clock is ticking on Auburn's freshmen, who have had a chance to impress in the first few days of preseason practice, and will, at the very least, share the spotlight in the Tigers' first scrimmage Monday.

"We're really trying to evaluate those guys as soon as we can," Malzahn said Saturday after Auburn's first day in full pads. "We’re going to have a good scrimmage. We're going to go to the game field and that will be a good evaluation piece.

"We do have some information about our older guys, specifically the guys that played a lot last year. Whether it is freshmen or inexperienced guys that haven't played a lot of reps, we’re going to give them a lot of reps. The big thing for our staff is putting the pieces of the puzzle together in all three phases before we get too far down after fall camp."

Monday's trip to Jordan-Hare Stadium will feature some tackling, and work, for the first time, under the shadow of the biggest video board in college football. The Tigers are resting up for it, enjoying their first off day from practice, though Sunday was still a day to spend time with thousands of their closest friends at Fan Day.

The freshmen have already been treated to a taste of some tackle football. Veterans could see it Monday in a preseason that everybody says is more physical than the last few years.

Saturday, Malzahn said, was devoted to "trying to get our guys used to what we do in full pads.

"But Monday will be a good measuring stick and we’ll find out some good information about our guys."

Auburn has planned for two preseason scrimmages and then "we'll see after two and see where we’re at."


Center Austin Golson missed Saturday's practice.

"He was just dealing with something minor. Won't be a big deal," Malzahn said.

Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at Follow him on Twitter:



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