AUBURN, Alabama — Names are bouncing around in the heads of coaches today.

More than 100 names are written down on pieces of paper, and possibly a whiteboard, inside coaches’ offices and meeting rooms.

The shuffling of players and discussing potential lineups have begun at Auburn. The first scrimmage of preseason camp is in the books, and soon decisions will be made — even if they’re difficult to make — following a 100-play audition Thursday inside Jordan-Hare Stadium.

And yet some decisions will not be set in stone, especially along an offensive line trying to sort itself out amid a head/neck injury to right guard Calvin Ashley. Receivers are still battling for playing time in the rotation with two of the top five players out with injuries (Eli Stove and Will Hastings) for at least half the season. Three or more freshmen are capable of playing immediately in the season opener against Washington.

“At some point we’ve got to cut it off and really focus solely on Washington,” Auburn offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey said. “We’ve done some of that already, but our job as an offensive coach is to put our players in the best position with the things they do the best. It’s really not as complicated as it sounds, we’re just trying to put the guys in the best position. You don’t ask them to do things they’re not very good at, that doesn’t make a lot of sense. Even way back when I was coaching in high school we put the best guys in certain spots to do the certain things we want to do. With our new freshmen and all of the newcomers we’re wanting to find out what can he do and what is he not ready to do. Let’s don’t ask him to run by people if he’s not ready to do that or whatever the case may be. I think it’s just a continued evaluation and you’ve only got two weeks to get that done or less.”

Sixth-year Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said it was possible a depth chart could be discussed following the first scrimmage, but that appears unlikely after an important cog in the offensive line (Ashley) went down with an injury. Mike Horton, who is splitting time at right guard and center, has yet to receive information on where his permanent position will be entering the season.

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Defensively, life is a tad easier for coordinator Kevin Steele. Nine of 10 players from the two-deep along the defensive line are back from last season. Two safety spots (Daniel Thomas and Jeremiah Dinson) are set and now it’s only a matter of figuring out one cornerback spot, the Buck pass rusher and the Nickel — but there is more experience and talent to count on at those positions than the position battles and big questions on offense.

“If you said one thing right now that sticks out is the football IQ of the group, particularly the top 15, 16, 18 (players),” Steele said of the defense. “The football IQ and the communication probably sticks out the most.”

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Coaches would love to be confident enough to set a depth chart today rather than tomorrow. That’s less stress for the coaches, but the reality is there can be paralysis by analysis — even if coaches don’t admit it. There’s also the issue of player injuries hampering that analysis.

“I like our team. I like our coaches,” Malzahn said. “I don’t want to say stress, but I just want to get the pieces of the puzzle put together, but that’s a process. Hopefully we’ll have that sooner rather than later.”

Auburn practices Friday and Saturday for the seventh and eighth day of practices before players are provided a breather away from the practice field Sunday.