AUBURN, Ala. — Friday was an off day for Auburn's players. That wasn't the case for the coaching staff.
Once picture day ended Friday morning, it was time to hit the film room.
"It was good for our coaches to have an evaluation day to really evaluate — after six days — the older guys ... and the younger guys. We have a lot better information about the younger guys," coach Gus Malzahn said Saturday following the first of two practice sessions scheduled for the day. "We have a plan going into this week. There are a few more guys we have a few more looks. Before you get into the season you just want to make sure you're right. The good thing is we have some very talented young guys and newcomers that could have a chance who can definitely help."
By the end of the coming week, Malzahn said he and his staff should "have a pretty good grip on everything." At that point, the Tigers can begin shifting their attention to game planning for the season opener.
And after getting the chance to sit down and review Wednesday's scrimmage — the first since Auburn opened preseason camp — Malzahn came away quite pleased.
"We had some guys really flying around. Defense and offense really counts loafs and playing hard, and there really weren't as many as you normally would (have) in the first scrimmage," he said. "I thought that was the positive. There were some normal mistakes that (are) going to be made when you rotate just about everybody on your team, but our attitude was good and I was encouraged."