Auburn football is gearing up for its first day of spring training on Monday. Bryan Harsin, in his second year as head coach, is looking to take advantage of his second spring on the Plains. The Tigers plan to practice every Monday, Wednesday and Friday and two Saturdays. A-Day (Auburn‘s spring game) will take place on Saturday, April 9 at a time yet to be determined at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
What to expect from the Tigers offense this spring?
With new offensive coordinator Eric Kiesau and head coach Bryan Harsin taking control of the offense after Mike Bobo was let go after last year when the Tigers went 6-7 on aggregate, I would expect that this attack is revamped.
The Battle of the Quarters:
Inbound transfer from Texas A&M, Zach Calzada, operated on his non-throwing shoulder, will be very limited for the spring. The quarterback competition is wide open between redshirt freshman Demetrius Davis, returning backup and sophomore TJ Finley, Oregon inbound transfer Robby Ashford and real freshman incoming Holden Geriner. Hopefully all of these guys get some shots to take the lead in this battle as Calzada prepares to regain his health for the fall.
Superstar studded RB room:
Auburn’s running back room remains one of the best groups on the team with and among the top three stars of junior Tank Bigsby, second Jarquez Hunter, freshman Damari Alston.
Wide Receiver and Offensive Line Questions:
Questions still need to be answered regarding the offensive line back and wide receiver groups. Both of these positions have really key returners who need to take on that bigger role in the spring and improve in the new offense. Shedrick Jackson and Javarrius Johnson have to take the lead as well as Nick Brahms and Brandon Council, not just for their position groups, but for this whole offense.
What to expect from the Auburn defense?
Auburn has changed its defensive-side ball coordinator as Jeff Schmedding takes over the Tiger’s defense after coaching linebackers a season ago. A key storyline will be how much change this defense goes through after improving at the end of the season a year ago.
Big Time Defensive Front:
Even with the loss of defensive line coach Nick Eason, Auburn’s defensive front now coached by former Tiger Jimmy Brumbaugh, this Auburn defensive line group is absolutely loaded. Everyone returns, including stars Colby Wooden, Marcus Harris, Marquis Burks and more. That also includes big newcomer Jeffery M’ba and Oregon transfer Jayson Jones.
Linebacker and EDGE:
Senior linebacker Owen Pappoe and returning senior EDGE runners Derick Hall and Eku Leota expect these guys to establish leadership roles on the team. North Carolina transfer Eugene Asante also appears to be a key name to watch.
Losses in the defensive field:
After losing Smoke Monday, Bydarrius Knighten, Rodger McCreary and Ladarrious Tenison, what kind of questions can be answered in the spring for the DB room now fully coached by former Tiger Zac Etheridge. Junior corner Nehemiah Pritchett and junior corner Jaylin Simpson must fill the missing hole with McCreary gone. The safe position is one to watch with all sorts of newcomers and leader Zion Puckett taking the lead in this battle this spring.
Harsin’s second spring could be one of the most important spring training years in recent memory for Auburn football, as he prepares for his sophomore season after falling below .500 last year. .