The 2022 Auburn football A-Day spring game has come and gone, and Tiger fans now have an idea of how certain pieces will be integrated on both sides of the ball.
Plenty of youth and transfers make up the AU roster following a disappointing season that started off well but couldn’t have possibly finished any worse. Moving forward, expectations are tempered in the Bryan Harsin era. Things could take time to develop on the Plains.
Then again, Auburn is at its best when people are saying these sorts of things about them.
A-Day was a slog at times, with the offense often failing to produce downfield movement. Other times, there were flashes of electricity.
What we know is that the defense is still solid, and the offense will be reliant on a physical run game to get by and win close battles in 2022.
Fly War Eagle is here to dissect whose stock has improved, and whose took a tumble during the 2022 Auburn football A-Day spring game:
Auburn football QB T.J. Finley: Stock down
Any performance that didn’t win over a large number of doubters was going to be considered an unsuccessful showing from T.J. Finley. Unfortunately, despite flashes of brilliance, it felt like a lot of same ‘ol, same ‘ol for the six-foot-seven Ruston, Louisiana product.
Now, granted, his corner route end zone find to Malcolm Johnson Jr. was the exact sort of play Finley needs to master to make the best use of his big arm. But watching him sail balls more than five yards over the head of intended receivers was a painful reminder of his inaccuracies.
His receivers were far from perfect with Tar’varish Dawson’s dropped deep ball being one of the most egregious errors. But no one is coming away from that game saying he was the most impressive QB.
Consider the QB race wide open after A-Day.