Bret Bielema is the only coach who discusses injuries, so if there are any new ones, they aren't public knowledge yet. However, many of the minor injuries reported earlier in camp seem to be coming along.
RB Jonathan Williams said his hamstring is "feeling good" after going through most of today's practice. He hurt his hamstring on Aug. 9.— Robbie Neiswanger (@NWARobbie) August 20, 2014
Williams said hamstring injuries "can kind of linger. So we just didn’t want that to happen. That’s why I’m slowly getting back into it."— Robbie Neiswanger (@NWARobbie) August 20, 2014
LB Brooks Ellis (kneecap) is confident he'll be 100 percent for Auburn. "It’s just a little sore after practice, that’s about it."— Robbie Neiswanger (@NWARobbie) August 21, 2014
No word about Deatrich Wise's knee yet, but he wasn't expected back this soon. Hopefully we'll get an update on him next week.
Duwop Mitchell is back at QB. Sort of. The WR is simulating Auburn's QBs in practice. DE JaMichael Winston: "Duwop gives us a great look."— Robbie Neiswanger (@NWARobbie) August 21, 2014
According to UA, the secondary had a great day on Thursday, collecting five interceptions in "simulated game situations." Of course, the official practice report neglects to mention which quarterback threw the picks. Two of them were caught by Jared Collins and one each by Alan Turner, Rohan Gaines, and D.J. Dean.
The team then did some more two-minute drills with simulated crowd noise similar to the public scrimmage on Friday. In a bit of unintended hilarity, the UA report says Brandon Allen went 3-for-3 to get the team into field goal range and killed the clock with one second remaining "to complete the team’s objective for the drill." Apparently the objective was not to score a touchdown but to kill the clock in time for a field goal. Hopefully that will pay off during the season.
The players and coaches are all saying to expect some things in games that we haven't seen in scrimmages, so expect some new things we haven't seen from these guys yet.
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