Auburn, Ala. (EETV) – Auburn had its sixth practice of spring ball Tuesday afternoon. Some new developments came after practice from head coach Gus Malzahn, receiver Ryan Davis, receiver Eli Stove and defensive lineman Marlon Davidson.
The quarterback competition became narrower as two competitors are no longer in the running. Quarterback Tyler Queen has decided to transfer from the team. His time at Auburn has been plagued with injuries and he would like to show his talents elsewhere. John Franklin III has been moved to wide receiver but still may be seen in some wildcat formations. Franklin was also seen returning kicks while the media was viewing practice. Malzahn described him as “dangerous” with the ball in his hands. When Stove was asked how Franklin is doing at his new position he said Franklin is “athletic” and is already running his routes well.
Speaking of receivers, one receiver was not at practice. Kyle Davis, who was expected to be back after spring break, will more than likely not be back until after spring. Darius Slayton was back today but is limited. Ryan Davis was asked how Slayton looked and he remarked on how Slayton is still fast as before, just “knocking rust off” after being gone for some time.
Sean White participated in 7-on-7 drills but not full action. He does have a “pitch count” so offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey can see some of his arm.
On the defensive side of the ball, Malzahn said it was “night and day” from last year after having the same defensive coordinator come back.
Some injury updates for the defensive are that Jamel Dean and Jayvaughn Myers are still limited. They were seen dressed out with knee braces on the knee that was operated on.
Nick Coe and Paul James III are practicing, just not 100 percent yet. Davidson said they were “balling” out there and pushing the rest of the team to also get better.
Davidson was also asked about how Byron Cowart is transferring from the outside to inside on the defensive line. He described Cowart was a “new Byron” that has a “swag” about him and is taking a step forward every day.