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A-Day

Auburnís A-Day game can serve several purposes ó especially giving Tiger fans their fix before the long summer comes ó but the 2016 annual spring game didnít provide many answers to questions thatíll be asked until September.

A-Day provided a chance for head coach Gus Malzahnís typical tight-lipped approach to be trumped by somebody doing something, showing something. But it just didnít happen. There were highlights, as always, but nothing over the top.

Daniel Carlson highlighted the day, making four field goals in the Blue teamís 19-10 win. His 52-yarder on the final play of the first half energized the crowd and reminded Auburn fans the kickerís attempts-to-made kick percentage is a silver lining to having drives in the red zone stall.

H-Back Chandler Cox breaking off a71-yard run in the first quarter was likely the biggest eyebrow raiser on the offensive end of the ball. The big back nearly scored but was pulled down by two defenders inside the 10.

Jovon Robinson also had a long run, going 55 yards to inside the 10. The hefty back got up immediately and rushed the offense to the line for a quick snap ó a nice reminder the Tigers still do have some tempo.

Though Robinson and Cox each had a long run, the defensive front looked better than anything fans saw in 2015. The return of Carl Lawson, who was voted the defensive MVP, gave fans a smile and also had them watering at the mouth for what the redshirt senior will do to opponents this fall.

One play in the second quarter in particular stuck out. Lawson came around the right side nearly untouched and couldíve hit quarterback Sean White harder than a train wreck (if quarterbackís werenít in non-contact jerseys).

The biggest questions fans wanted answered dealt with the quarterbacks. White, Jeremy Johnson and John Franklin III battled all spring Ö and will continue battling for the starting spot during the summer and fall. Nothing stood out during A-Day for any of the three.

Though the non-contact jerseys certainly hindered the zone read attack, Franklinís passing issues shined as bright as the afternoon sun. However, there were some positives, including a 40-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Davis. Johnson threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Roc Thomas, but he had a fumble earlier in the game. White didnít have a touchdown, but did connect with Davis for a 50-yard completion to move the offense into the red zone. However, White lost a fumble two plays later.

Despite major questions at quarterback, Davis had a great game, catching three passes for 88 yards and a score in the first half alone. Davis has said he plans to be the top wideout this season, and he appears to be showing it.

Even with so many questions about the offenseís personnel on the board, thereís a bigger topic for the Auburn coaching staff to address after the A-Day game.

The scrimmage seemed to move slowly and get lackadaisical while the Blue and White teams managed to go 1 for 22 on third downs. Though it is only a scrimmage and the coaching staff tends to have an agenda more important than providing entertainment for fans, Auburn was running the same lackluster offense it ran in 2015.

First down was a run up the middle; second down was a zone read to the left or right side; third down was an incomplete pass; fourth down was a punt.

It happened over and over and over. The Blue team fortunately was able to get within field goal distance from time to time so Carlson could kick three points onto the scoreboard.

But with eight games in one of the best conferences in college football and the season opener being against a team that finished second in the nation last year, itís concerning that Auburn doesnít already appear better than 2015ís 7-6 finish.

At the same time, itís April. This is a spring game, not a real game. In fact, itís not even a game ó itís a scrimmage. Auburn isnít 1-0 or 0-1. Not yet, at least. September 3 will roll around and Clemson will come to The Plains. It might be ugly, but there are still five months before anyone knows how Auburn will look. Thatís a lot of time for a lot to happen. This fall might not be a great season, but no one expected 2013ís championship game run either. Letís take a step back and wait to see what happens.

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