Scrimmage Notes 3: Newcomers Step Up

A variety of young players finished their first week of practice with good scrimmage performances.

Auburn, Ala.--Saturday's scrimmage at Jordan-Hare Stadium was an opportunity for young players to show their stuff as Coach Tommy Tuberville gave extensive playing time to newcomers on the Auburn football team.

Although Tuberville notes it is still too early to know for sure which younger players will see action and which players will redshirt there were some impressive performances from the newcomers.

Linebacker Spencer Pybus from Northview High in Dothan, who Auburn didn't offer a scholarship until less than 48 hours before signing day, was probably the leading tackler in the scrimmage although no statistics were kept.

Another young linebacker, redshirt freshman Adam Herring, got extensive playing time and was also impressive on Saturday in the session that lasted approximately 90 minutes at Jordan-Hare Stadium. He is the son of former FSU star Reggie Herring.

Quarterback Barrett Trotter continued his impressive preseason camp with a solid performance as the fourth string quarterback. Trotter has been running offensive coordinator Tony Franklin's system for years because Briarwood Christian School in Birmingham runs the same offense as the Tigers. Trotter also aided his head start by showing up on campus in May so he has been working out with his new teammates since then.

It would be difficult to find a newcomer who was more impressive in the opening scrimmage than freshman running back Eric Smith. He showed toughness as a runner and excellent hands, continuing a theme from earlier in the week. Smith made a shoestring catch on a pass play and looked unusually poised for a freshman in his first college scrimmage.

*Freshman receiver Philip Pierre-Louis showed his sprinter's speed in the scrimmage and despite being undersized at only five-foot-seven has been willing to make the tough catches in traffic over the middle.

*Another young wideout who had a good day on Saturday is Quindarius Carr, who the Tiger coaches almost decided not to redshirt last season, his first year on the campus after being signed out of Huntsville.

*One of the pleasant surprises of the first week of practice has been the play of true freshman Derrick Lykes out of Chilton County High. Nicknamed the "Big Peach," he was considered a likely redshirt after missing almost his entire senior season with an injury. However, he has been impressive throughout the first week and the scrimmage was no exception.

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