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AUBURN — Auburn coach Gus Malzahn hasn't put the finishing touches on his A-Day Game plans, but promised Wednesday he will "make this thing as close to a game as possible for our fans, and also for our coaches."
And, of course, for the players.
"It will be great for us to evaluate the guys in front of a crowd and see how they react," Malzahn said.
A-Day kicks off at 1 p.m. Saturday in Jordan-Hare Stadium with a depth chart with plenty of openings. Malzahn has purposely not identified his starters this spring.
"We've not put guys as far as starters, or second-team," he said. "We will have two separate offenses and two separate defenses and try to make it as close as a game as we can."
What will fans see? Malzahn said it's "status quo" for quarterbacks Kiehl Frazier and Jonathan Wallace, meaning they're close after a spring of the principles of the new coaching staff.
"Base offense and defense. We're not doing a whole lot fancy," Malzahn said. "We're trying to get good at a few things. There hasn't been a whole lot of scheming on offense or defense, but that's by design.
"There's no doubt we've improved. Are we there yet? No, we're not there yet. But our guys are still starting to buy in, they're starting to understand. We're starting to play more as a team."
AUBURN — Auburn is taking a breather at the midway point of spring practice, opting to move today's scheduled workout for something down the road, perhaps saving it for the Monday after the April 20 A-Day Game.
Auburn has used A-Day Plus One as a review session in the past.
So what do we know after the seven of the 15 practices we know about?
Hybrid safety Justin Garrett is being talked up. Everybody wants to go faster. And last Saturday's scrimmage in Jordan-Hare Stadium had its moments.
"A lot of guys caught a lot of eyes," Wallace said.
"Guys were making plays. The offensive line was keeping a great pace. Guys were making unbelievable catches. It was a very successful day, but we've got a long ways to go. Coach still wants that standard to be so high. We want to reach that standard that coach sets."
Much of the standard has been about pace. One drill, run under the close observation of offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee, has the offense running four plays in less than a minute, moving as quickly as it can down the field.
NASHVILLE, Tennessee -- The Auburn quarterback sent out the call in the second half. "Everybody watch the end of the Auburn bball game," Kiehl Frazier tweeted.
Something was up, to be sure, but the basketball Tigers couldn't find a happy ending to its difficult season. Down by 3 with seven minutes left, Texas A&M bounced Auburn out of the SEC Tournament with a 71-62 first-round victory late into a Wednesday night in Bridgestone Arena.
Auburn ended its season with a 9-23 record after a game of hot streaks, cold stretches and a comeback that saw the Tigers tied with 11 minutes remaining, within 3 four minutes later and still within striking range down 58-53 with 2 minutes left and again at 62-57 with 54 seconds remaining.
It was a 4-point deficit with 33 seconds left.
Wednesday, March 13—BASKETBALL—SEC TOURNAMENT—vs. Texas A&M—Airtime: 8:30 pm CT
Thursday, March 14—(IF AU WINS WEDNESDAY)--BASKETBALL—SEC TOURNAMENT—vs. Missouri—Airtime: 8:30 pm CT
Friday, March 15—(IF AU WINS THURSDAY)—BASKETBALL—SEC TOURNAMENT—vs. Ole Miss—Airtime: 8:30 pm CT
Saturday, March 16—(IF AU WINS FRIDAY)—BASKETBALL—SEC TOURNAMENT—vs. TBA—Airtime: 2:00 pm CT
Sunday, March 17—(IF AU WINS SATURDAY)—BASKETBALL—SEC TOURNAMENT—vs. TBA—Airtime: 11:30 am CT