Auburn Spring Game. 3 Things To Know
3. The One Thing That Matters To You & Your College Football Existence
Jarrett Stidham is fine.
He missed the game after undergoing shoulder surgery, but he’s expected to be 100% soon – it’s not a big deal.
That meant the backups got to battle it out to show what they could do, and the results weren’t exactly pretty.
Star recruit Joey Gatewood – playing a little on both sides – completed 4-of-14 passes, Malik Willis connected on 8-of-20 throws, and generally, it wasn’t anything great from the offense.
That meant the receivers didn’t get to show off all that much – no one stood out – except for this …
Marquis McClain made this 46-yard play, but now one else came up with more than 15 yards as the backup quarterbacks did a whole lot of dinking and dunking.
It’s Stidham’s world, and he needs to be in bubble wrap until he’s ready.
2. CJ Tolbert Stepped Up
There’s running back talent in place despite the loss of both Kerryon Johnson and Kamryn Pettway, but it’ll still be a fight throughout fall ball to find the right rotation.
Kam Martin is good enough to be that guy, but he sat out on Saturday – no reason to risk anything – so A-Day MVP CJ Tolbert took over for both sides, running for 40 yards and a score for the Blue team, and 97 yards and a touchdown for the Orange team, including a 79-yard dash.
Star recruit Asa Martin ran for 28 yards for the Orange side, and 38 for the Blue, and JaTarvious Whitlow is a high-riser, cranking out a few nice runs with 98 yards between the two teams.
As long as the offensive line is doing its job, the running game will be devastating. There were glimpses on Saturday.
1. It’s Not Just Stidham
And here’s the good and the bad about a spring game. It’s bad when there are too many key parts banged up, and good that so many young players got a chance to see some reps in a live scrimmage.
Stidham’s shoulder is the biggest concern – again, he’s fine – but the receiving corps is a wee bit of a mess with Will Hastings and Eli Stove both suffering torn ACLs in spring ball.
Possible starting center Kaleb Kim has an ankle injury, and likely backup Nick Brahms has a broken leg for the line that loses four big parts.
Outside of a few defensive backs who left the game banged up, there weren’t any catastrophic injuries for the already hurt team.
This will be one whale of a team once everyone is right – and now there are four months to get ready for August.