Coaches say A-Day teams should be competitive - WRBL

Coaches say A-Day teams should be competitive

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AUBURN, Ala. -

Saturday will truly begin a "new day" on the Auburn University campus, as the football team takes to Jordan-Hare Stadium for the first time since the disastrous 2012 season ended.

A-Day is the capstone to spring football, and the Auburn coaching staff says the game should be competitive. Gone is the "offense against defense" format from years past; instead, the team has been divided into "ones" and "twos," and will square off.

One of the most scrutinized positions will be quarterback. Neither Jonathan Wallace nor Kiehl Frazier has been named the frontrunner for the starting position by head coach Gus Malzahn, and offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee says each will have a chance to captain both teams on Saturday.

"It shouldn't matter which team each quarterback's with," Lashlee said after practice Friday. "They're going to have plenty of guys to work with at all sports, so I'd expect Jonathan and Kiehl to both work with both groups."

As far as who takes that all-important first offensive snap, Lashlee cautions against reading too much into it.

"We haven't decided how we'll start it out. It could be random," he said. "It should be, at the end of the day, about even in the number of reps. The only thing that'll determine that if one quarterback's team moves the ball more, naturally they'll get more plays."

As far as the teams themselves, Lashlee says they should provide a competitive atmosphere.

"It's not like we've stacked one team over the other," he said. "We've got good linemen on both sides, good skill players."

A-Day kicks off at 2:00 p.m. EST on Saturday.

Jonathan Huskey

Jonathan comes to News 3 from Fort Smith/Fayetteville, Ark., where he anchored weekends and reported during the week on some of the best high school sports in the state. More>>

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