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Scrimmage report, 4/10

Hey everyone. HABOTN spies, in concert with our friends from The Gold Mine, have snagged semi-exclusive photos from today's scrimmage.

Please enjoy:
Courtesy of Auburn's official Twitter page*, we know that Cam Newton scored on a short run, Mario Fannin scored on a 65-yard run and Demond Washington intercepted a pass.

*Auburn tweeting information from the scrimmage while concurrently barring media from the event is lame, weak, duplicitous and wrong.

*The scrimmage lasted 80 plays. "We got accomplished what we wanted."

*On Mario Fannin's long TD run: ``It was a really nice run. He caught a crease in the defense, did a really nice job cutting back across the pursuit. There were some really nice runs in there where the tailbacks -- their vision was really good."

*On the QBs: It appeared they were really high-percentage with their completion rate today.

*On the QB rotation: ``We rotated them basically with how the flow of the scrimmage went. If you were working with the orange group, you'd say with the orange group -- whether it was a three-and-out or an 80-yard drive."

*Chizik praised Emory Blake for making people miss today.

*On Cam Newton's short touchdown run being a harbinger of Auburn's future short-yardage plans: "He's a big, physical guy. You have your hands full trying to tackle him. Him running in the open field, that could be challenging for defenses overall."


*Walk-on DB Woody Parramore intercepted a pass.

*Newton rushed for a score and hit Darvin Adams on a screen pass for another.

*Demond Washington intercepted two passes. We believe they were both off Neil Caudle.

*We believe Clint Moseley threw a touchdown pass. That's based on anecdotal evidence.

*Coaches universally praised Emory Blake and DeAngelo Benton.

*Surprise, surprise -- offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn said he hasn't made a decision about which quarterbacks will leave spring in the top spots.


Blogger Kathy said...

Semi exclusive photos!

11:36 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

There is much to learn from that photo.

11:43 AM  
Blogger Miller said...

The dedication is appreciated.

11:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Twitter has some photos too. Newton with McCalebb in the backfield, Trotter with Aycock. No mention of Caudle or Moseley. Hm?

11:53 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

The Twitter feed also misspells Auburn player names. Annoying.

12:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who'da thunk that the information age would devolve into paranoid info control?

I suppose past abuses by the media could arguably justify some paranoia, but for AU to Twitter the few details that beatwriters could glean and report fom post practice interviews is greedy.

12:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It doesn't capitalize half the time either. This is the "official" Twitter?

12:06 PM  
Blogger AUBigCat said...

Jay you are the man! But you knew this already!:)

12:32 PM  
Blogger Dear Leader said...

nc will not be the MAN if he cannot get the INT's under-control....

12:40 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Neil's in trouble. That's my opinion.

12:45 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

Neil will be a fine coach one day... He may want to consider going for his masters degree and becoming a Grad Assistant coach...

12:57 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I don't expect Caudle to become a coach. He's destined for other callings, I believe. I mean that in a good way.

12:58 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

Good for him...

He seems like a bright kid, I expect him to be successful in whatever arena he chooses.

1:02 PM  
Blogger CH=B said...

From everything I've read this spring it is clear (as can be) that Newton is going to be a star (and our starter) and that Caudle just doesn't have what it takes to be the QB at Auburn. I wish him well and look forward to a bright future with Newton. We could have a few "Newton to Blake" or "Newton to Benton" in out future.

1:08 PM  
Blogger Fire Marshal Jet said...

I guess I don't understand why people think Caudle is in the picture to be the starter.

Seniors don't get 1/4 of the snaps in the spring. He was highly recruited, and he appears to be a nice young man. But he's not it.

1:14 PM  
Blogger CH=B said...

G, any news on Barbee assistants or on which players may not be returning?

1:17 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

CHB, I can't get any information from basketball yet. It's just Barbee ... and I haven't yet established a meaningful relationship with him.

That will change later this month.

1:46 PM  
Blogger Aeronaut said...

Caudle should have joined the marines. He can't stop tossing it to the opposing guys.

Newton can't hit the broad side of a barn. Fannin continues with fumbilitis. Zeimba arrived to practice early. He has discipline issues.

It does not matter if Ziemba had 5 false starts last year. According to the mathematical genius PDWT, that makes it one a game. Counting must be hard.

This entire post is directed to some of the 'Auburn fans' that think it's cute to be punk. It's relatively easy to be classless.

2:02 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

wtf... the baseball game is blacked out on

2:04 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I'm here at the game, though I'm not planning to write about it.

Just working on football. I was at J-H anyway. I'll update as long as I'm here.

2:06 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Game started at 0-0.

2:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The game's on SportsSouth if you have that. Charter 35 over here. Georgia's spring game is blacked out too.

Team's looking better so far. At least it isn't 6-0.

2:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Correction: 34. G-Day is 35.

2:10 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

thanks... I hope we can have a better showing than yesterday

2:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neil Caudle. Building Science Major (per media guide).

That's an interesting career choice.

2:15 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Auburn up 1-0, bot 1.

2:23 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Bases loaded ... bot 1.

No outs.

2:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My uncle graduated from AU with a building science degree. Architecture without the art. Should serve him better than Psychology or something. Not a walk in the park major by any means.

2:26 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Walked Caldwell.

2-0 Auburn. Bases still loaded. Still no outs.

2:28 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Wild pitch. 3-0. No outs.

2:30 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

I've got a BS in BS. It's a good degree and has served me well.

2:30 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Walked him. Bases loaded again. Still no outs.

2:31 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Very interesting, Jay. Those INTs will likely seal someone's fate, probably Caudle's.

Why does it seem that walk-ons have a knack for INTs these days?

2:32 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

4-0. Now there's two outs.

2:33 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Inning over. Auburn up 4-0.

2:37 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

Good way to start the game...

2:39 PM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

Why did AU change pitchers?

2:39 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Lemme see, Cincy.

2:41 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

JLJ is not injured.

It's a coach's decision. That's all I can get you for now.

2:42 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I'm on my way out. Piece to all.

2:43 PM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

Well that decision is not looking so good to me, but I'm sure I don't know everything about the situation.

2:43 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

4-1 now.


2:44 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

Even if you do decide to pitch by committee... which I understand... you would want to let your starter get through the lineup 1 full time before switching it up...
Makes no sense to me...

2:51 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

JayG...I say this with a limitless amount of respect for you and what you do, and I understand what it bothers you specifically, but as an Auburn fan, the buttoned down nature of Auburn football's operations just doesn't bother me a whole lot.

If this were an issue of national security or conspiracy, I might feel differently.

I think you run the finest sports blog on the net, and that has been the case all along with or without Chizik's close to the vest nature. I feel like you put up great content regardless and the quality of this blog hasn't suffered one bit as a result.

This is just my very humble and subjective opinion, so I understand if I'm in the minority.

2:52 PM  
Blogger Seanzie said...

What up Hotties?

2:56 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

JLJ has to be hurt... you don't pull your starter after 1 hitless inning and then leave the reliever in for 2 innings after he gave up a run...

3:00 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

Yo, yo, yo...I have the house to myself this weekend. Well, it's just me and the dog. Yardwork is done, the rest of the weekend will be comprised of watching golf and baseball.

3:26 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

Apparently, I have HABOTN to myself too.

4:06 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

AU 8 LSU 2

bottom of the 6th. AU hitting the ball well today. Mummey with a 2 run homer. 4 rbi today.

4:22 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

9-2 after 6.

4:31 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

More importantly, WTC... AU is playing solid defense so far this weekend....

4:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"*Auburn tweeting information from the scrimmage while concurrently barring media from the event is lame, weak, duplicitous and wrong."

Just make this the headline quote of the blog already. It's a recurring theme. It's worth the prime spot.

4:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

EBro .. I concur, so count me in your majority.

Lefty is putting on a clinic at the Masters. He just shot -5 over the last 3 holes.

4:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My BSC degree has served me well. AU has one of the top 4 Construction Management programs in the USA.

If NC indeed threw 2 more ints today you have to imagine his chances are dwindling.

Aero. ..Seems to me that the punk factor Although not gone, has lessoned. Might wanna ease up a bit.

5:03 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

It is beginning to seem like my caution in terms of Newton may not be needed. I am becoming very impressed with the way he has spoke of the QB competition. It is far different than what happened with Kodi and Caudle last season. I felt each of them was trying to act like they had won the job. I like Cam's approach of basically just saying I am competing and trying to get better. The kid doesn't seem to have a big head.

5:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Am enjoying the Masters. The CBS coverage has been even handed and only about golf.

5:35 PM  
Blogger Fearless.True said...

Miller good job jinxing us with the defense thing haha, sean ray pitched great, good outings for both sean ray and slade smith last night, looking forward to tomorrow when dayton starts, hopefully he'll continue being undefeated against the SEC

5:51 PM  
Blogger Phormerly Phred said...

Aero - Did you go to all of Cam's games last year? Or did you go to the scrimmage today? You seem to be an authority of his accuracy. Are you his daddy, or his coach, or what?

6:16 PM  
Blogger CH=B said...

Just got back from The Funky Fish Fry. It was an event to benefit Autism. My wife works at a nonprofit Autistic school in the Bham are. The event was fun but really HOT.

G, hopefully you can build a good relationship with Barbee.

I agree with E-bro on the content of this blog and the job you do G. I know it makes your job harder but I have absolutely no problem with the limited access this staff allows at practice. Now I might fell differently if my job depended on it.

Aero...WTH was that all about. Who are you trying to call out on here?

6:50 PM  
Blogger digger4au said...

JGT Channel 33/40 out of the Ham had some video of the practice on their 5:00 sports. Did they get to see the practice and you guys did not. If so that is totally unfair.
I enjoyed swtiching between the baseball game and the Masters. This has indeed been an interesting Masters. Love Auburn beating LSU. They said it broke an eight game string without a win against them.

7:03 PM  
Blogger CH=B said...

According to Coleman's mom he is cancer free. That is pretty amazing. Just a little over 2 weeks ago 60% of his blood cells were cancerous and now there is no sign of cancer.

In case you are reading this we wish you well Shon and hope to see you in orange and blue very soon.

7:09 PM  
Blogger Fearless Freep said...

I think some of you might be misconstruing the point of Aero's post.

7:35 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

i thought Aero's post was funny.

I have no problem with AU closing practices. I also agree completely with JGT's comments on the AU tweets.

JGT - thanks for the practice report.

9:33 PM  
Blogger Seanzie said...

CHB, thanks for the update on Shon Coleman.

Jay G, thanks for doing what you can given the rules being what they are.

9:43 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Rise and shine Hotties!!!


4:59 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...


7:44 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Sportswriter Tate's article in today's MA.

7:45 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...


ok, the rest of y'all need to wake up and take the reins. I'm out for a while.... maybe.

7:46 AM  
Blogger digger4au said...

This blog has not been abandened it just appears so. Our peeps are busy with Sunday things and will return.
I hope.

10:18 AM  
Blogger CH=B said...

Good late morning all. Leaving for Gonzales, LA in about 10 minutes. Do they have internet in La? I hope so. Talk to you all later.

10:32 AM  
Blogger Jimmy said...

Morning HABOTN!

As most of us really like Caudle as a person, It is a shame he is really not going to pan out as an elite quarterback or even a starter. With his two alleged interceptions yesterday, I think the writing is on the wall.

He sounds like a smart and strong leader. I am confident he will succeed in his future, whatever that may be.


11:08 AM  
Blogger Seanzie said...

Caudle, not man enough to win the QB job...j/k. I think we all know who the QB will be, the real race is for numero dos, that's number 2 for the uninitiated.

12:49 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Based upon Caudle's comments about how his contributions to Demond's highlight reel, I can't see why he hasn't been voted off the island yet.

I haven't seen anything to indicate whether Trotter or Moseley will be the number 2, other than Jay's positive vibs on Moseley.

1:07 PM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

Why is it that golfers wear truly hideous clothes?

Caudle's experience will serve him well in other endeavors. He's a competitor.

1:19 PM  
Blogger Bellefay1 said...

Masters Sunday. God is truly smiling upon the South this afternoon.

One of my favorite days in sports.

1:29 PM  
Blogger Dear Leader said...


Whats up with Dante Aycock? (sp)

2:31 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

dl-what are you hearing?

2:41 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

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2:41 PM  
Blogger wellsAU said...

True that Bellefay. Its a great day in Auburn, and in Augusta.

2:45 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

I do admire how Caudle has continued to compete and not just quit or transferred. Transferring would not fix his issues, so I believe he has done what is best for him, which is taking advantage of the opportunity and getting a degree.

I am also very encouraged by Fannin's long run. We have been know for small quick defenses. Defenses like that may be susceptible to giving up yardage when faced with bigger offensive players, but not usually big chunks.

I am getting convienced that Fannin will be the feature back in 2010. Dyer will certainly play, but Fannin seems to have the experience/speed/quickness to get er done. Comparing Fannin to Tate, in some ways he could end up being better. My impression is that he is quicker, but not as strong. Both are fast so I am not sure who is the faster of the two.

3:16 PM  
Blogger Wakeriderof87 said...


3:22 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

Freddy's had too many near misses on the Front but he's making it interesting.

3:30 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

That other guy's making it interesting too after nearly self-destructing the first few holes.

3:36 PM  
Blogger Wakeriderof87 said...

Tiger is startin to look scary. As long as Westwood doesn't win I'll be happy. But I'd be stoked to see Couples win.

3:38 PM  
Blogger Wakeriderof87 said...

Where was Nick Watney the first 3 rounds.

3:45 PM  
Blogger wellsAU said...

Auburn and LSU are tied in the bottom of the 9th. CMac doubles to lead off, KP advances him to third with a single. No outs.


3:46 PM  
Blogger wellsAU said...

Watney has potential to be scary the rest of this year, he's a good player.

3:47 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...


3:47 PM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

AU takes the series from LSU!

3:49 PM  
Blogger wellsAU said...

Squeeze bunt sends CMac in, AUBURN WINS!!!!

3:49 PM  
Blogger wellsAU said...

Didn't know Darvin changed his number to 90, THT.

3:50 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

That's great news, Cincy, even if it did mess up my efforts. Sorry about that, Scottie B.


Dear Leader - I think he's headed for a redshirt.

3:50 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

Great game by AU baseball today! Huge win over #3 and defending Nat'l Champs, LSU. Auburn takes the series 2 games to 1 for the weekend.
Good pitching, timely hitting and 0 errors on the weekend.
War Eagle!

3:56 PM  
Blogger wellsAU said...

Not to be a debbie downer, but we had 2-3 errors yesterday in the last two innings. Fortunately our lead was big enough to where they didn't matter.

4:01 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

For those of you who don't have NHL Center Ice, FS-Pittsburgh, or MSG, or maybe just for Penguins fans like me, the Penguins vs Islanders can be seen here in just a couple of minutes.

4:02 PM  
Blogger Wakeriderof87 said...

damn't freddie is falling off.

4:02 PM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

Sorry THT and wells,
Didn't see your posts till after I posted. Didn't mean to mess up Kennesaw or steal well's thunder!

4:02 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Cincy - no need to apologize for Auburn enthusiasm! Evah!

4:08 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

You're right wells... I think if it had of been a closer game yesterday, those errors wouldn't have occurred... those were mental lapses.
But, for the most part, the D played well this weekend.

4:08 PM  
Blogger Spongeworthy said...

Jay G. If you are around. Heard Zack Clayton injured a knee in practice. Do you have any info? Any other injuries that are serious. (don't know if Clayton's is serious or not)

4:47 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Injuries are one of my biggest concerns with this football team. Last season it looked like we would be deep at safety. By the end of the season, we were looking for safeties.

6:02 PM  
Blogger Fire Marshal Jet said...

What a treat the Masters was.

6:04 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...


6:05 PM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Agreed Jet. What a great champion for this particular week.

6:06 PM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

Injuries are always a worry for any team.

6:13 PM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

Both Hoover and Arab HS bands were in yesterday's Cherry Blossom parade, which reminds me I need to update my avatar.

6:15 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Baseball season is crankin, the Tigers just won a HUGE series against one of the best teams in the country, and we're talking about theorstical football injuries? No wonder this place has been so dead lately.

6:25 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Let me first state that I'm glad Tiger is back. It's good to have golf back to normal.

But the moment we got when Phil won and went over and hugged his cancer stricken wife was pretty special by itself and a telling contrast between Phil's own personal life and that of Tiger's.

It was a nice moment.

6:34 PM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Exactly Bro.

6:38 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

New thread UPZ.

6:41 PM  

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