AUBURN – Auburn’s football team spent most of Sunday afternoon signing autographs, then had a high-energy practice Sunday night.
Auburn coach Gene Chizik signs autographs at Fan Day/Todd Van Emst photo
“I thought the energy level was extremely high and they were very focused,” Auburn coach Gene Chizik said. “They made some mistakes, but their effort and energy were really up there.”
Chizik and the players signed autographs and talked with a record crowd of 9,000 fans for two hours on Fan Day at the Auburn Arena.
QUARTERBACK UPDATE: Chizik said there was no movement in the quarterback race among junior Barrett Trotter, sophomore Clint Moseley and freshman Kiehl Frazier after Saturday’s scrimmage at Jordan-Haer Stadium.
“Quarterback-wise, we don’t have any separation,” Chizik said. “All of them did some nice things.”
Chizik continued to say there is no timetable for choosing the successor to Heisman Trophy-winner Cam Newton.
“We aren’t going to decide on who the starter until it’s the right time,” Chizik said. “We are going to stay on the evaluation process and when we’re ready to do that, we will.”
MORE FROM THE SCRIMMAGE: Chizik said he saw a lot to like on both sides of the ball in Saturday’s scrimmage.
“Defensively, I was really proud of how hard they played,” Chizik said. “We had some turnovers, which was good.
“Offensively, we really got into a rhythm late in the scrimmage when we went to some pace stuff. That was good to see.”
COMPETITION CONTINUES: With the season-opener less than three weeks away, Chizik said competition continues for starting jobs at numerous positions.
“I’m really enjoying watching our guys compete,” Chizik said. “They know there are a lot of opportunities out there. We have a lot of young guys, and it’s about this point in time when they usually get a better feel for what’s going on. We’re seeing some of that. We saw it Saturday.”
INJURY REPORT: Chizik said there was no change on the status of running back Mike Dyer and offensive lineman A.J. Greene, both of whom are nursing injuries said to be minor.
Freshman wide receiver Sammie Coates is out with a minor foot injury.
GETTING BETTER UP FRONT: Chizik said Auburn’s youthful defensive tackles are steadily improving. Four of seven players competing for playing time are true freshmen.
“There are a lot of moving parts down there,” Chizik said. “Literally, step by step they have gotten better. It’s so fast-paced, so physical, the journey for them is long and tough. Once they get it, they’ll have it and some of those guys are coming on.
“Defensively, in my opinion, that’s the hardest place to play. The only way you can get it is getting down there and doing it.”