Auburn’s third week of spring practice is in the books, and the Tigers’ annual A-Day spring game is now a week away.
The program held its 11th practice — and second scrimmage — of the spring on Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium. It was the second straight day the Tigers practiced at the stadium. Head coach Bryan Harsin is set to meet with the media after practice, at approximately 3 pm, to discuss his team’s progress through three weeks of practice.
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Here’s a quick recap of what Harsin had to say:
— Football Letterman Club was at practice today. Harsin met with some of them. High school coaches have also been around the last couple of days for Auburn’s coaching clinic.
— On Sean Jackson’s scholarship: “Sean’s a guy, when he got here, we thought was a very good player, first of all, and did some really good things…. Just overall, consistency is what we’ve really seen from Sean.”
— Harsin says that, for a while, he’s known he wanted to put Sean Jackson on scholarship. Surprised him last night after practice. Jackson’s family drove down from Trussville today.
— Harsin wishes good luck to Auburn’s gymnastics team tonight in the Sweet 16.
— 85-play scrimmage today, with some live work mostly in the red zone. Short-yardage and goal-line focus.
— Saw a lot of consistency from Auburn’s better players the last two days, with back-to-back longer practices. “That’s good. It’s good to see that.”
— A lot of situational work today: 2-minute drills, end-of-half stuff, special teams work and sorting out the two-deep on special teams.
— On the QB competition: “It’s not balanced as much as it was early on.” TJ Finley has gotten the most first-team reps. Robby Ashford has gotten more reps. Holden Geriner is still getting some reps, too, as a true freshman. Zach Calzada is still limited with his shoulder, and he would be getting more reps if healthy.
— Summer and fall camp will be big for Zach Calzada. Summer will also be important for Holden Geriner and his growth as a true freshman.
— A-Day will be the last practice this spring; no clean-up day afterward. Harsin is unsure how Auburn will divvy up the team for A-Day, with some injury issues making it difficult to do a 50-50 split. Might be an offense-vs.-defense setup.
— On TJ Finley and what he’s been working on this spring: Consistency, footwork, fundamentals, accuracy. “I think how you operate — just running the offense.” Finley is doing well with the operation and is seeing the defense well.
— On Robby Ashford: “I like he’s trying to get better. I like he cares…. He wants to improve. He wants to be the best quarterback he can be. He’s got the tools. He’s learning a new system.” Says there’s some patience involved with that, coming in from Oregon, where he didn’t really see the field.
— On the dynamics of the QB room now, with three transfers and a true freshman: “They’re still teammates…. They meet together. They’re working together. They’re trying to make sure our offense is operating like it needs to.”
— On who is making strides at wide receiver: Malcolm Johnson Jr. gets named immediately. Had an impressive play last week on a route where he probably shouldn’t have been able to get open, but he did. “I like where Malcolm’s at.” Tar’Varish Dawson has also improved, and Jay Fair has come along well this spring.
— On Landen King’s hybrid role: “I’m not sure what to call him yet…. We just need him out there.” King knows both positions well at this point. Has length, speed and soccer IQ. “We’re looking to find a role for him.”
Tom Green is an Auburn beat reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @Tomas_Verde.