AUBURN, Ala. — Dontae Aycock’s 6-yard touchdown run proved to be the difference in the Blue team’s 21-17 victory over the White team in Auburn’s A-Day scrimmage Saturday.
The Tigers split into two teams during the first half, playing to a 14-14 tie going into the break.
The squad went offense vs. defense in the second half. A 50-yard field goal by Wes Byrum in the third quarter counted for the White team, giving it a 17-14 lead.
Quarterback Neil Caudle led a long drive near the end of the third quarter, but Aycock’s touchdown plunge didn’t occur until early in the fourth quarter, giving the points to the Blue team for the victory.
“I thought it was a productive day,” Auburn head coach Gene Chizik said. “It was designed to be a fairly quick game. … We wanted to see them block, throw and catch, that’s really what we did. Overall it was productive.”
All gassed up
Quindarius Carr led a big day by the receivers, catching four passes for 152 yards and a touchdown on his way to earning the offensive MVP award.
Carr, a junior, has struggled to find a spot in the playing rotation in his three-plus years at Auburn, catching only eight career passes.
But he shined Saturday, catching a 61-yard deep ball from Cam Newton in the second quarter before being dragged out of bounds. He caught a short pass from Caudle a few series later, juked a defender and out-raced the defense 70 yards for a touchdown.
“I feel like I’ve gotten a lot better,” Carr said. “I’ve learned a lot from my coaches, and it’s just helped me become an overall receiver.”
The receivers had several big plays Saturday. In addition to Carr’s two long catches, walk-on Nathan Taylor had a 50-yard touchdown grab and Terrell Zachery a 44-yarder.
“You can see those guys getting more confidence and making plays,” offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn said. “If they square their shoulders, we’ve got some guys that can make some people miss in one-on-one situations. So that’s what we try to do.”
Best of the 2000s
Auburn recognized its all-decade team from the 2000s at halftime.
Quarterback Jason Campbell, running backs Ronnie Brown and Cadillac Williams and linebacker Karlos Dansby, among other NFL players, were on hand for the occasion.
Twenty-two of the 25 players selected for the team were in attendance.
“They could’ve been anywhere they wanted to be this Saturday,” Chizik said. “A bunch are in the middle of training camps and different things going on, and they chose to be in Auburn, and I think that speaks volumes about how they feel about this place.
“Our fans loved it; I loved it. They were in the locker room with our players. It’s just as good as it gets, and I just really appreciate it.”
Defensive end Antoine Carter earned the defensive MVP award after registering 2.5 sacks and 3.5 tackles for a loss. The senior finished with five tackles overall.
Byrum was named the special teams MVP after making his only field goal attempt from 50 yards.
Cornerback Neiko Thorpe sat out. He had his right wrist in a cast. “He had his hand dinged up,” Chizik said. “He’s going to be fine.” … Roszell Gayden played only two series with the White team at left tackle before re-injuring his left hand. He sat out the rest of the game. Fellow junior college transfer Brandon Mosley played with the first team at right tackle. … Auburn’s ground game wasn’t showcased Saturday. The Tigers ran the ball only 17 times for 23 yards, although most of that was due to sack yardage. Mario Fannin had three carries for 20 yards and a touchdown.