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Auburn holds A Day Game

Auburn coach Gene Chizik said fans shouldn't read too much into the final score of the defending national champions' spring game.

He might have been talking about the game itself, too.

The Tigers' A-Day scrimmage Saturday before an announced crowd of 53,209 featured plenty of new faces, only one touchdown and a quarterback competition that will apparently continue into fall camp. It didn't feature many big plays or traditional TDs. A points system employed awarded both the offense (Blue team) and defense (White) for big plays.

"Today was kind of a base offense, base defense day and let's get some guys out there and let them hit and run around and try to tackle well and block well," Chizik said. "It was more of a generic scrimmage."

For the record, the White team won 63-32.

Offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn said the Tigers opened up things more in the previous two spring scrimmages, which were closed to the media and public.

So this wasn't likely a deciding barometer in the battle between quarterbacks Barrett Trotter and Clint Moseley, a competition that Chizik said should carry over into August. The Tigers finish spring with another practice Monday.

"We're trying to find someone that can manage the game and manage the team and protect the football," Chizik said. "They both do that fairly well. There's some open balls that we had today that we missed. We've just got to be more consistent at that position. But both have a very good feel for the offense. I don't think that's the issue."

Trotter threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Philip Lutzenkirchen on the opening series -- along with a 24-yarder to the tight end/receiver -- and was 6-of-12 passing for 120 yards. Clint Moseley completed 9 of 15 passes for 82 yards, and there were no interceptions in the scrimmage.

Moseley also badly overthrew Deangelo Benton down the field on one play.

Walk-on Logan Paul saw more action in the first half since he led the White while Trotter and Moseley took turns working with the first-team offense. But the competition to replace the Heisman Trophy-winning Cam Newton continues.

"Until we know who gives us the best chance to win and it's 110 percent, we won't make the call," Malzahn said. "The first year we were here we didn't make the call (until August). Last year, we did it a week after. It's just like any other position, when we're 110 percent certain sure we'll do that."

Both quarterbacks seemed resigned to the matter being unsettled. Then again, Newton wasn't named the No. 1 guy until more than a week after last spring concluded.

"Of course I'd like to already have the job, but we've got to go with whatever he says," Moseley said of Chizik. "Trust in him, and do the best I can. That's all I can do."

Added Trotter: "You'd like for it to be done but you never can tell."

Gone are the Tigers' biggest stars, Newton and defensive tackle Nick Fairley, along with 14 other offensive or defensive starters and five specialists.

Plus, players like tailback Mike Dyer, MVP of the national championship game, played little and had three carries for 15 yards -- all in the first four plays. Onterio McCalebb gained 15 yards on four rushes.

Kicker Chandler Brooks made 3 of 5 field goals, with every attempt of more than 40 yards.

The Tigers have only about 50 scholarship players going through the spring after Chizik kicked five players off the team following arrests.

"You're going to have to get used to a lot of new names and new faces, which is OK," the coach said.

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