A-Day Notes and Quotes

Comments from Auburn players and notes on Auburn's spring football game are featured.

Auburn, Ala.--News, notes and quotes from Auburn's A-Day spring football game are featured.

*While the battle for quarterback has garnered most attention this spring another key position up for grabs has been the right tackle spot on offense, the only the only offensive line position without a returning starter with the departure and Andrew McCain.

It has been a spring-long battle between junior college early enrollees Bandon Mosley and Roszell Gayden. Mosley, 6-6, 294, got the start Saturday over Gayden, 6-6, 321, who has been hampered by an injury. Gayden played Saturday at left tackle for the White team, which featured the backup offensive linemen.

*Quarterback Cameron Newton said he was impressed with the crowd of 63,217 fans who came to the spring game. "Everything went well. It's not a game that really counts, but it's really nice to see how many fans came out to support us. We do the best that we can for our fans."

Commenting on his play, Newton said, "I did some good things and some bad things. I was just trying to go out and have some fun today."

AU officials said a crowd of 63,217 watched the action on Saturday.

*Defensive end Craig Sanders and linebacker Jessel Curry, the two early enrollees out of high school in Auburn's 2010 signing class, both started with the second unit Blue defense. Sanders was credited with an early sack when he touched redshirt sophomore quarterback Barrett Trotter and Curry broke up a pass dropping back in coverage.

*Quarterbacks were off limits for defenders who had to touch them to stop the action. Surprisingly, kickoffs were used Saturday, but play was stopped on returns without contact with returners.

Lining up deep to return kickoffs with the White second team were redshirt freshman running back Dontae Aycock and senior defensive back Desmond Washington who took a kickoff the distance for a touchdown against Georgia last year. Senior running back Mario Fannin and sophomore running back Onterio McCalebb lined up for kickoffs with the first team Blue unit.

*Junior wide receiver Quindarius Carr returned punts in addition to having a spectacular day at wide receiver that included a touchdown reception of 70 yards from Caudle.

*Ryan Shoemaker, senior scholarship punter, who lost his job to then walk-on Clinton Durst two years ago and played behind Durst last year, had an impressive start Saturday boomed punts of 46 and 53 yards on his first two efforts before hitting one off the side of his foot for only 19 yards. He finished first-half action with punts of 30 and 41 yards with the 30-yarder coming on a short field when he was attempting to hang up the punt.

*Auburn's returning offensive line starters have combined for 109 career starts. Leading the way is tackle Lee Ziemba with 38 with center Ryan Pugh accumulating 32 starts. Mike Berry, who missed spring practice with a shoulder injury, has 21 career starts with Byron Isom checking in with 18. Ziemba and Berry were honored as they shared the Ken Rice Award announced Saturday for the best blocking lineman during the 2009 season.

*Commenting on being named defensive team most valuable player, senior end Antoine Carter said, "It means a lot to win. It's like going out to work for me. We've been working hard all spring and it paid off today. We went out and did work on the offense."

*Wide receiver Quindarius Carr was the offensive MVP with four receptions for 152 yards and a TD. "I think I played well today. I'm still learning the system and I want to do whatever I need to do to help my team win."

*Senior Wes Byrum, who kicked a 50-yard field goal, was the special teams MVP.

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