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Auburn preseason camp notes: RB Jovon Robinson misses first day, former Baylor QB in for visit

Auburn quarterback Woody Barrett takes part in his first practice with the Tigers on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016 at the university's athletic complex.
Auburn quarterback Woody Barrett takes part in his first practice with the Tigers on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016 at the university's athletic complex. mniziolek@ledger-enquirer.com

Auburn opened camp Wednesday at the university’s athletic facility with Jovon Robinson penciled in as the team’s starting running back, but the senior was nowhere to be found.

Robinson rushed 639 yards and three touchdowns thanks to a late season surge last year is the last man standing from a group of experienced backs that included Roc Thomas and Peyton Barber. Thomas transfered to Jacksonville State while Barber entered the NFL draft.

On Wednesday, a healthy Kerryon Johnson worked with the first tim, full backs Kamyrn Pettway and Chandler Cox took reps with the second and third string while late freshman signee Kam Martin sat out with the rest of the freshman class who didn’t enroll in January.

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn is expected to shed light on the situation when he talks to the media tonight at 5:45 p.m.

Malzahn, who spent time working with the quarterbacks and offensive linemen during the open viewing period, opened practice chatting with former Baylor quarterback Jarrett Stidham.

Stidham, who started three games last season, announced he was transferring earlier this month on social media in the wake of a the university’s decision to fire coach Art Briles. Stidham threw for 1,265 yards and 12 touchdowns as a freshman completing 68 percent of his passes.

The quarterback received a full release from Baylor in July. He would have to sit out a year going to a Division 1 program or could play in the fall if he goes to junior college.

Quick hits

  • True freshman quarterback Woody Barrett wasn’t allowed to participate on the first day of practice, but that didn’t stop the quarterback from putting some work in. Barrett mimicked the snap count and mechniacs of Auburn’s other quarterbacks during a pace drill featuring the first, second and third team all running a series of plays.
  • Prince Sammons was in a boot following foot surgery that’s expected to keep him out for up to a month.
  • Prince Tega Wahogho was with the offensive line for the first time Wednesday. The former defensive lineman is transitioning to the other side of the ball. During early individual drills, Robert Leff helped Wahogho out with his technique between reps.
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