Auburn, Ala.--When the Auburn Tigers hit the practice field on Tuesday there were three new faces waiting for Coach Gus Malzahn and his staff, five-star quarterback Jarrett Stidham as well as in-state defensive standouts Malcolm Askew and K.J. Britt.
Despite not being able to a whole lot with the trio just arriving on Monday, Malzahn said it was good to have them out there and working with the team.
“I think more than anything it gives them an idea of what a practice routine looks like,” he said of the newcomers. “Get around the drills, what drills you'll be doing. Get around your teammates. There's nothing like getting out there with your teammates in a practice-like situation.
“Give them more of a foundation. Once spring gets here it won't just be a shock to their system the way practice is set up, the tempo, the drills coaches expect and all that. I know that will happen.
The most heralded signee in the 2017 class for Auburn no matter who winds up with the Tigers because of the position he plays, Stidham is expected to compete for a starting job next spring but as of now Malzahn said he’s just getting acquainted.
“Jarrett, it was good to get him out there,” Malzahn said of the quarterback. “He threw some individual He made the comment that it's good to be back on the practice field. Been out for a long time. He's got real good zip on the ball.”
Malcolm Askew (29) and K.J. Britt (33) at Tuesday's practice
Playing quarterback as well as defensive back for McAdory, Askew is expected to line up in the secondary for the Tigers with his first look likely coming at cornerback. After getting an introduction to the system on Monday, Askew mostly watched during his first practice said his head coach.
“Malcolm Askew has a chance to be a very good defensive back,” Malzahn said. “Great person, great family.”
Rounding out the trio of newcomers practicing is Britt. A classic inside linebacker, Britt was one of the top players in the recent Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic. Originally not planning to practice early, Britt showed up ready to go said Malzahn.
“K.J. Britt is a player we think has a chance to be an outstanding linebacker,” Malzahn said. “Got a great family, great person.”
With the team focused on Oklahoma and putting the finishing touches on the gameplan before breaking for Christmas, Malzahn said it’s hard for the new guys to do a whole lot but it was just good to have them on the practice field.
“They were out there with us but didn't do a whole lot,” Malzahn said. “We're in the middle of preparing for Oklahoma. They were able to do individual. Their teammates are very excited to have them a part of our family.”