Monday, April 19, 2010
Reviewing Auburn's spring game
By ESPN.com staff
Auburn found another offensive playmaker in its A-Day spring football game Saturday.
But otherwise, the Tigers seemed to go out of their way not to show a whole lot on offense. And that included the unveiling of quarterback Cameron Newton, who threw just eight passes in the game.
Auburn coach Gene Chizik and offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn both insisted that the quarterback battle would carry over into fall practice.
Malzahn also warned not to "read anything into anything" concerning the spring game.
Junior receiver Quindarius Carr was named the game's offensive MVP. He caught four passes for 152 yards, including a 70-yard touchdown. It was one of three touchdown passes the Auburn quarterbacks threw on the day. They also combined for 488 yards passing.
Newton played in just four series, and starting tailback Mario Fannin gave way to the backups after just three carries.
Quarterback Barrett Trotter threw two touchdown passes, a 50-yarder to Nathan Taylor and a 44-yarder to Terrell Zachery.
Chizik said there's no pressure to name a starting quarterback right now. The Tigers waited until after fall practice had started last season to name Chris Todd. That's likely what will happen this time, and Newton remains the front-runner.