Posted: 3:00 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013
By Chris Fuhrmeister
Auburn was set to hold a scrimmage at Jordan-Hare Stadium Saturday morning, but bad weather forced the Tigers inside, and head coach Gus Malzahn adjusted. Auburn ran a situational practice, and while the media wasn't in attendance, former players and boosters were allowed to watch. Here's what we've been told by people who saw the action with their own eyes:
Some notes from the post-practice press conference:
Well, whatever hope McNeal had of reemerging as a starter in 2013 may be gone. The safety went through personal struggles during spring practice, but he had discussions with Malzahn and seemed to put those issues behind him. But with a drug-related arrest, it's hard to see Meat remaining on the team. Malzahn has said he'll review all the facts regarding the arrest before making a decision.
With potentially one fewer safety on the team, that could be a reason for this bit of surprising news:
Malzahn said Kiehl Frazier working at boundary safety, said "there's a good chance" he'll play in the first game. Interesting.— Justin Hokanson (@JHokanson) August 17, 2013
Kiehl Frazier hasn't played safety since high school, and he's only begun to relearn the position in the last few days. If he earns playing time by the time Week 1 comes around, that will incredible. Tight end C.J. Uzomah said after practice that Frazier's back ground as a quarterback is helping him learn his new position faster than expected, and it really could give him an advantage on the field.
Malzahn says Justin Garrett also not at practice.— James Crepea (@JamesCrepea) August 17, 2013
The Dee Ford and Justin Garrett injury watch continues. Hopefully, they'll be back soon.
#Auburn shifted focus to Washington State today. C.J. Uzomah smiled, said it's exciting to start thinking exclusively about the opener.— Ryan Wood (@AUBlog) August 17, 2013
Real football is almost here. Hurry up, football.