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Saturday, April 3, 2010

Quick scrimmage notes: Malzahn thinks he's ready to narrow quarterback field

Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn thinks he's seen enough out of his quarterbacks to start narrowing down the four-man field.

"There's a good chance," he said after Saturday's scrimmage at Jordan-Hare Stadium. "That was the plan. In my mind there are some things that stood out and we'll be able to watch the film a little bit and we'll be able to answer that question a little more thorough. But that is the plan."

The Tigers' four quarterbacks -- Cam Newton, Neil Caudle, Barrett Trotter and Clint Moseley -- had been splitting reps evenly throughout the spring.

Saturday, Malzahn put some quarterbacks in more than others, in order to let them get a rhythm as the Tigers increased the tempo of their scrimmage.

Malzahn declined to go into specifics of who might get elevated in the rotation or when that decision might come, but he said it's coming soon.

"We're going to watch the film and we're going to have some real good information to start putting the pieces of the puzzle in place," Malzahn said.

Here are some other quick notes from today's closed scrimmage:
  • None of the quarterbacks said they had a feel for where they stand in the race, nor do they know when the field will be whittled.
  • Newton threw a touchdown pass. He didn't have an interception but fumbled the ball. Antoine Carter knocked it out.
  • Emory Blake caught a touchdown pass.
  • Bart Eddins was on crutches and had a wrap on his knee. With Mike Berry also out for the spring, Auburn worked a variety of players at left guard Saturday, including Andrew Parmer, Jared Cooper, Blake Burgess and John Sullen. "That's just kind of where we're at," head coach Gene Chizik said.
  • Chizik said the run defense was improved Saturday. That was a problem area last week during practice at the stadium. "Defensively, up the gut and things like that, we were getting in the gaps, but outside on the perimeter, we have to get better at that," linebacker Josh Bynes said.
  • He said the team might have a more firm depth chart in the coming weeks. It all depends on how things look to him on film.
  • Wide receivers coach Trooper Taylor said Philip Pierre-Louis had a good day, and that the receiver has worked his way out of the "doghouse."
I'll have some more and hopefully a video in a little bit.