Notes from Day Two of Auburn Fall Practice

Auburn returned to the training ground Saturday morning for the second day of fall camp, which continued with another session of the split squad.

The Tigers’ veterans were the first to hit the field on Saturday, while the newcomers will train during the afternoon – although there will be two new faces with the returning players during Saturday’s session. Local media have been given another viewing window for the second day of fall camp, providing another early look at this year’s team as preparations for the 2022 season begin.

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Notes from Auburn’s first preseason practice

Here are AL.com’s notes from Saturday’s viewing period:

– As mentioned, two of the newcomers (who took part in Friday afternoon training) moved into Saturday’s Veterans session: wide receivers Camden Brown and Dazalin Worsham. A true freshman, Brown has been getting some early praise from his teammates since arriving this summer, as the SEC receiver certainly looks like a big time. Worsham, a transfer from Miami and former Hoyt-Trewsville, also mixed with the veteran receivers on Saturday morning.

– When the media first came out onto the field, with training already underway, the Tigers were in the middle of some 11v11 action. Zach Calzada was in the middle with the team’s second attack, which included Jarques Hunter in the comeback, Tyler Froome on a tight end, and Javarius Johnson In the receiver slot, Camden Brown was wide (along with another receiver, I didn’t catch his number right away). The offensive line with that group was Killian Zerer in the left tackle, Cam Stots in the left guard, Tate Johnson in the center, Keonder Jones in the right guard and Alec Jackson in the right tackle.

– That offensive unit went up against a defense that included Maurice Joseph Jr., Zykephus Walker and Jason Jones along the defensive line, with Dylan Brook on the edge. Desmond Tisdol was a linebacker, along with Jake Levant. Jaylene Simpson and DJ James were at center back, with Donovan Kaufman at the nickel. Keionte Scott was deep in a safety (I couldn’t figure out the other safety on this unit).

After an 11v11 session, the offensive skill players went through group training, with individuals alternating with each representative. TJ Finley received first rep, along with Bigsby Tank, receiver Shedrick Jackson, John Samuel Schenker’s court end and two others I missed their first rep number.

Finlay and Calzada alternated between the cast, with different sets of staff each time. Calzada’s first cast featured wide receivers Koy Moore and Camden Brown, returning Sean Jackson, and tight ends Tyler Froome and Brandon Fraser.

The third course, with Finley back in the middle, featured backsliding from Jarques Hunter, recipients Malcolm Johnson Jr and Cedric Jackson, and tight ends John Samuel Schenker and Luke Dale. The fourth spin, with Calzada, included Moore and Brown in the receiver, Bigsby in the running back, and Schenker and the deal in the tight end.

Rotation #5, with Finley, included Jackson, Malcolm Johnson, Jr., Javarius Johnson in reception, Shawn Jackson in return, and the deal on a tight end. The final rotation with Calzada featured Brown, Moore and Walker on Tommy Nesmith in the receiver, Hunter in the running back and Frasier in the tight end.

– After that period, the quarterbacks worked on the deliveries and knocked the wheels to their backs. During those drills, Finley was paired with Bigsby, while Calzada was cast with Hunter. Finley threw a nice wheeled track to Bigsby within one rep, while Calzada and Hunter couldn’t connect on their first try, leading running coach Cadillac Williams to tell them to repeat the rep. Calzada’s second attempt on a wheel road to Hunter was completed below the right lateral line. In this exercise, quarterback Sawyer Pat worked with Jackson on a running back.

– After working with their backs, the quarterbacks worked on passing drills with narrow ends. Finley was paired with Shenker, while Calzada alternated the cast with Deal and Fromm. Pat worked with Fraser.

Towards the end of the viewing window, attack and defense were head-on in some of the red-zone runs (Finley and Calzada were not included in this drill, with Pate used to deal with snaps and concessions to running backs).

– Bigsby broke several games into the first-team defense net inside the red zone, including one in which he rebounded to the right and into the corner of the end zone to score the score. That prompted coached midfielders Christian Robinson to join full-back Eugene Asante, who sought too much inside, giving Bigsby space to break the run wide.

– Shawn Jackson did well in the middle against the second team’s defense during this exercise.

– Hunter fumbled after touching the line of scrimmage with a hit from Marcus Harris in one rep, with Tisdol out with a recovery.

Tom Green is the Auburn Beat correspondent for the Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter Tweet embed