Auburn Scrimmage Notes Part 3

More news and notes from the Auburn football team's initial scrimmage are featured.

*In what little time he played in Saturday's scrimmage, starting QB Brandon Cox was sharp passing the football. On his first pass, he hooked up with Prechae Rodriguez for approximately 15 yards. Rodriguez had a big day. That probably explains why he looked so happy at fan day. The senior also caught another pass from Cox on the opening series.

*Junior quarterback Blake Field got off to a good start. On his first pass, he threw a perfect ball to junior split ned James Swinton for a 35-yard gainer. The offense scored on the possession on an eight-yard run by Mario Fannin.

*Kodi Burns was the third QB to get a chance to show what he could do. His first pass was to Bailey Woods, who did not make the catch, and Burns had a three and out series. Later in the scrimmage his 55-yard TD bomb to Quindarius Carr was one of the highlights of the scrimmage for the offense.

*QB Neil Caudle's opening series was not a good one. Fannin lost yardage on a run and on the next play Michael Goggans tackled the QB in the end zone for a 12-yard loss and a safety. Caudle, who suffered a shoulder injury, played in just two series, a major setback for a player who was battling to become one of three QBs who would get the majority of practice reps in preseason.

*QB Steve Ensminger's first possession was a three-and-out with a sack by freshman defensive Antoine Carter on the first play.

*True freshman cornerback Mike Slade made a nice play in the scrimmage.

*Defensive coordinator Will Muschamp ran onto the field to congratulate third team safety Lorenzo Ferguson for making a good play. That's the first time that has happened this year.

*Wide receiver Montez Billings, who has been less than full speed in recent practices, was held out of the scrimmage.

*Noseguard Josh Thompson made several impressive stops in the goal line drill.

*Linebacker Merrill Johnson had several good hits in th scrimmage at Jordan-Hare Stadium where the Tigers are expected to scrimmage again next Saturday.

*Michael McNeil, the true freshman safety from Davidson High in Mobile, stuck his nose into the action several times to make good plays.


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