Auburn, Ala--With number two quarterback Blake Field watching from the sidelines, last Saturday's second spring scrimmage proved to be a big test for redshirt freshmen Neil Caudle and Steven Ensminger as they got a lot of work running the offense in game situations. Offensive coordinator says that after watching the video of the scrimmage a second time, he was pleased overall with the performance of the offense and in particular his two young quarterbacks.
"We had a patch in there where we weren't very good but for the most part overall, after watching the scrimmage, it was a little better than I had originally anticipated," Borges says. "The young quarterbacks made some nice throws and did a couple of pretty good things. They were kind of the beneficiaries of the fact that Blake didn't go last week and they got a few extra reps. They did a good job."
While both Caudle and Ensminger did some good things, neither have been dominating in their performance though two weeks of spring practice. Because of that neither has jumped up to challenge Field for the backup spot despite his absence for much of the spring due to tendonitis in his throwing arm. Borges says because of the injury it will likely push back the final decision for the backup job until early in fall camp.
"The problem right now is that you can't say one way or the other," Borges says of the number two spot. "Blake came back today and he seemed like he was okay physically. Saturday we'll see what happens. Right now I would think (Blake would play) but he's so day to day with his problem."
The top targets for the passing game last Saturday were tight ends Tommy Trott and Gabe McKenzie. With both having good says and senior Cole Bennett is usual solid self at the position, Borges says you can expect to see even more out of the position in the coming days and heading into next season.
"We're going to try to continue to do that," Borges says. "In expanding our tight end packages, we have another tight end package we're going to put in. We were going to put it in today but we lost a couple to class."
Singling out Andrew McCain for the job he has done at right tackle since taking over the first-team duties from Antwoin Daniels, Borges says the overall direction of the offense is good. With Brad Lester held out of Tuesday's practice after suffering from a concussion, Borges says you can expect a lot of work from Benjamin Tate, Mario Fannin and Tristan Davis Saturday in the A-Day game at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Receiver Rod Smith has ben the steadist receiver for the Tigers this sping
The position that will get the closest look on offense is wide receiver where Rodgeriqus Smith is currently the only receiver consistently making plays for the offense. Problems catching the football have plagued the receiving corps at times this spring and Borges says that has to get corrected as quickly as possible in order for the offense to gain some momentum heading into the summer workouts.
"We need to do a better job," Borges says. "We need to make some plays out there. We've got some balls going up and we're not coming down with them. We've got to start making some plays out there from everybody, top to bottom."