Auburn notebook: Malzahn hopes to trim down QB picture soon
by Ryan Black
Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
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Auburn quarterbacks Jeremy Johnson (6) and Nick Marshall (14) work out. (Photo by Julie Bennett/Associated Press)
Auburn quarterbacks Jeremy Johnson (6) and Nick Marshall (14) work out. (Photo by Julie Bennett/Associated Press)
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AUBURN -- For a coach who touts his commitment to an up-tempo pace, Auburn's Gus Malzahn has done a good job playing keep away when it comes to the team's quarterback battle.

But one thing was different about the coach's post-scrimmage news conference Saturday: He finally mentioned a quarterback by name. Of course, it was none other than walk-on signal-caller Tucker Tuberville, the only quarterback who went "live" Saturday.

With the four scholarship quarterbacks vying for the starting job -- Kiehl Frazier, Nick Marshall, Jonathan Wallace and Jeremy Johnson -- still in the running, Malzahn hopes to start paring it down soon.

"Our goal after this scrimmage was to narrow things down at all positions but specifically the quarterback position," he said. "Hopefully, after we watch film, we’ll have a chance to do that."

OFFENSE WINS DAY: Auburn's coaching staff feels set at some positions. That's why Malzahn said "a couple" starters were held out to give the coaching staff a chance to further evaluate other players.

"If we had the proper information and we were trying to worry about the guy behind them, there were certain players that we did hold out," he said.

One of those players was junior cornerback Jonathon Mincy, who took part only on special teams. That meant he got to watch everything else that took place during the scrimmage.

And he was disappointed with the play of his fellow defenders.

"I felt like the offense came out and executed more plays," he said. "The defense gave us a lot of explosive plays. That's something we're going to get corrected in the film room."

Asked to name even one positive he saw from the defense, and Mincy couldn't do it.

"I wouldn't say any big plays stuck out," he said, "because there were so many explosive plays from our offense."

GARRETT HURT: Hybrid safety/linebacker Justin Garrett reportedly walked off the field with a boot on his left foot. Malzahn refused to confirm that any injuries occurred aside from the typical nicks one would expect.

"Each scrimmage is going to be physical," he said. "I'm sure there are some bumps and bruises."
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