Observations: What we saw and heard on Day 2 of Auburn football fall camp
The viewing window offered a look at four whole defensive units and some notable rotation on the offensive side of the football.
JACK Jalen McLeod (Austin Perryman/Auburn Athletics)
Auburn football wanted to avoid practicing during the hottest parts of the day during fall camp — at least until school started back in a couple of weeks.
Mother Nature changed those plans on the second day, pushing what would have been a Friday morning practice to a very humid Friday afternoon. Even though the Tigers have an indoor facility, the two full-sized fields outdoors are enough of a bonus that they waited for them to dry out.
Those two fields are usually split between offense and defense, and that continued on Day 2 of fall camp. I spent a majority of my time over with the defense after an offense-heavy Day 1, but I still managed to get over and get some insights on the other side of the ball.
(There’s still no update on Jarquez Hunter, for those who are curious. And, for those who are new: Auburn has requested that we not report on who is out or injured during practices. So, if you don’t see a particular name, I might not be able to answer your question about him directly.)
Here’s what we saw and heard from the 30-minute viewing window Friday afternoon, along with the first player interview session of camp, featuring defensive lineman Marcus Harris, tight end Tyler Fromm, defensive back Keionte Scott and offensive tackle Gunner Britton.
A look at four whole units on defense
With Ron Roberts overseeing the action, Auburn split its defense into two groups for the majority of the viewing window: 1s and 3s were together, and 2s and 4s were together.
The Tigers are still in just helmets for these non-contact practices, so a lot of the work has been going through specific plays against air.
The defensive linemen opened the window with a drill focusing on hand placement, driving and shedding blocks — one that was watched closely by scouts from the Kansas City Chiefs and Miami Dolphins. (There were also scouts in attendance from the Cincinnati Bengals and the Los Angeles Chargers.) The linebackers and defensive backs worked on their own technique on the other side of the defense field.
Here’s a full look at the four units during the team portion of the window: