After seven days of preparation to become the first team since 1998 to win back-to-back SEC Championships, the Auburn Tigers got a day off on Friday. Before the players and coaching staff get back on the field Saturday, here are highlights of what has transpired in the first week of fall camp.


  • Head coach Gus Malzahn started camp off by saying that Nick Marshall will not start the season-opener against Arkansas.
  • Offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee hasn’t told Jeremy Johnson that he is starting against the Razorbacks.
  • Both Johnson and Marshall are learning the offense at the same speed.
  • Marshall was 15-of-17 passing in a 7-on-7 drill during Day 2.
  • Marshall and Johnson have gained approximately 10 pounds each. Marshall is now in the 212-215 pound range while Johnson is now around 228 pounds.
  • Freshman Sean White looked good in Wednesday’s scrimmage, passing the ball well.


  • Malzahn is not ready to name the starter at running back. He might throw both Cameron-Artis Payne and Corey Grant out there at first and see what happens.
  • There is a lot of competition behind them. Peyton Barber, Roc Thomas and Kamryn Pettway are all fighting for playing time.
  • Lashlee likes Pettway’s physical nature.
  • Brandon Fulse has moved to the fullback position and is trying to be as physical as Jay Prosch. Fulse brings a pass-catching dimension to the position.



  • Left guard Alex Kozan is out for the season with a back injury.
  • To replace Kozan, Chad Slade moved from right guard to left guard. Avery Young is lining up at right guard and Patrick Miller is at right tackle.
  • There is an entirely new left side to the line with Shon Coleman at left tackle and Slade at left guard.
  • Slade missed the first day of practice in pads but he is fine. Devonte Danzey filled in.
  • 6-foot-6, 299 pound freshman Braden Smith, nicknamed Drago and Hulk, has made an impression and has an opportunity to play.


  • Cassnova McKinzy, a natural linebacker, has lined up some at defensive end.
  • Junior college transfer Devaroe Lawrence missed two practices and the scrimmage because of an undisclosed injury.


  • Defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson is pleased with how McKinzy has improved since the spring.
  • McKinzy and fellow starter Kris Frost have looked great.
  • Some depth has been established since camp has opened.
  • Anthony Swain had 4 or 5 tackles and forced a fumble in the scrimmage.
  • Khari Harding hurt his wrist in the scrimmage but is fine.
  • Johnson will have no more than four or five linebackers on his two-deep depth chart.


  • Jonathon Mincy will not start against Arkansas. Jonathan Jones will move from field corner to boundary corner to take Mincy’s spot.
  • How much time Mincy will miss against the Razorbacks is not known.
  • After both suffered injuries last year, Justin Garrett and Josh Holsey return.
  • Jermaine Whitehead thinks Holsey can made an impact and likened him to former LSU Tiger Tyrann Mathieu.
  • Garrett got hurt on Thursday. He was out for 10 to 15 minutes but returned.
  • Holsey, wearing a brace, misses reps occasionally with knee pain. He is coming off ACL surgery.
  • Coach Johnson likes the depth at safety but more depth at cornerback is needed.
  • Trovon Reed, coming from the offensive side of the ball, has missed time with a nagging injury.
  • Safety Derrick Moncrief missed one practice and half of another with an undisclosed illness and dehydration.
  • Freshman Nick Ruffin, recruited as a corner, has moved to the star safety position.
  • Freshmen defensive backs Markell Boston and Stephen Roberts aren’t ready to play on Saturdays but Johnson likes their physicality.