Auburn held its first practice in full pads on Tuesday and allowed reporters inside to watch for approximately 20 minutes.
Here are some quick observations:
— Six players wore orange non-contact jerseys. Five of those players wore full pads and helmets and appeared to be participating in some aspects of practice: Wide receivers Eli Stove (ACL), Will Hastings (ACL) and Marquis McClain (undisclosed), offensive linemen Nick Brahms (leg) and Brodarious Hamm (knee), and defensive back Jeremiah Dinson (shoulder).
— Cornerback Noah Igbinoghene wore an orange jersey and was not dressed out at all. There is no word yet on the injury status of the sophomore expected to challenge for a starting job in the secondary.
UPDATE: Defensive coordinator Kevin Steele declined to go into specifics (injury questions are for the head coach), but did say that the team is proceeding toward the regular season as if nothing has changed. So it doesn't sound like Igbinoghene is dealing with anything that will sideline him long term.
— Quarterbacks: There were again no surprises at quarterback, where Jarrett Stidham took the first team reps and Malik Willis the second. Joe Gatewood appears to be third on the depth chart, with newcomer Cord Sandberg and senior walk-on Devin Adams behind him in that order.
Tuesday marked just the third organized football practice for Sandberg since he was a high school senior in Bradenton, Fla., but head coach Gus Malzahn said Sunday that "the ball comes out pretty natural; it’s just going to take him a little bit of time to get used to a bigger ball."
— Running backs: Tuesday's viewing window gave the first real insight to the pecking order out of the backfield. Here's how they rotated during handoff drills with the quarterbacks:
- Stidham: Kam Martin, Malik Miller
- Willis: Chandler Cox, Asa Martin
- Gatewood: JaTarvious Whitlow
- Sandberg: C.J. Tolbert
- Adams: Shaun Shivers
— Devan Barrett and Harold Joiner continued to work with the team's wide receivers rather than its running backs.
— Offensive line: There were no changes to the offensive line from Friday:
- First team: LT Prince Tega Wanogho, LG Marquel Harrell, C Kaleb Kim, RG Mike Horton, RT Austin Troxell
- Second team: LT Bailey Sharp, LG Tashawn Manning, C Tucker Brown, RG Calvin Ashley, RT Jack Driscoll
Horton has been going back and forth between right guard and center, which continued Tuesday after he spent the day at center on Monday.
— Special teams: Anders Carlson made all seven of his field goal attempts, with a long of 45 yards. Ian Shannon served as the holder.
— Number news: Driscoll changed numbers from 58 to 71. Joiner changed numbers from 22 to 29.