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Auburn sets date for players to report, first day of fall camp

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn speaks to the media at the SEC media days.
Auburn coach Gus Malzahn speaks to the media at the SEC media days. AP Photo

Auburn is formalizing its practice schedule for fall camp.

A school spokesperson confirmed the team’s plan to open the fall on Wednesday, Aug. 3, a day after players report to campus.

Coach Gus Malzahn has spent the week sharing his optimistic outlook for this year’s team in appearances at the annual SEC Media Days in Hoover and during multiple guest spots Monday on ESPN.

“I really like where our team's at,” Malzahn said at the Wynfrey Hotel last week.

Malzahn is eager to get the team back on the field following two strong months of summer workouts.

“They've had a very good offseason, very good spring,” Malzahn said. “Our team unity is very strong, and our leadership is very strong. They are really stepping up and being accountable to each other and not just the coaches.”

The pressing issue for Malzahn and his staff at the start of camp is an obvious one.

“We got to find our starting quarterback,” Malzahn said. “The positive is we have three guys that we feel like can execute our offense.”

Malzahn reiterated his hope for a quick resolution to the competition in a meeting with local reporters before his SEC press conference. The coach has repeatedly compared the Tigers quarterback situation to the one he faced going into the 2013 season when Nick Marshall used the first two weeks of fall camp to win the job.

Auburn opens camp in August without a frontrunner at quarterback once again.

“We got three guys, and I've got a very open mind going into this thing,” Malzahn said. “So, we'll see what happens.”