Ten Auburn Tigers that will benefit from the second half of fall practice

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Auburn has had some heroes of fall camp so far but there will be other Auburn Tigers that step up over the next few weeks.

As the team prepares for Akron and the rest of Auburn’s tough season, there will be players that begin to pick up traction after gaining attention from the coaching staff after Saturday night’s big scrimmage.

The list that I put together includes 10 names that I believe will benefit from the next few weeks of fall camp as they fight for playing time at their respective positions.

There are a few players on this list that have secured their starting job but can still take a big step before the season.

Let’s take a look.

Bo Nix

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Nix has improved while learning this new offense but after struggling to take care of the football in the first scrimmage, he can learn from it and put it all together before the start of the season.

Austin Troxell

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The battle for the starting left tackle spot is still going on. Troxell can seal the deal and win the job before it's all said and done leading into the season.

Elijah Canion

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The physical receiver scored a touchdown in Saturday's scrimmage. Can he use that to have a strong end to fall camp? I think so. It's clear that Bo Nix trusts him.

Eku Leota

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The transfer pass rusher has been discussed highly over the last few weeks. After getting the basics of the defense down, he should be able to take the next step needed to crack the rotation once the season begins.

Nehemiah Pritchett

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Pritchett was expected to be a starter in this defense at the start of fall camp but with Donovan Kaufman starting at the nickel position during Saturday's scrimmage. Pritchett has what it takes to compete for the job and be a key contributor for this defense.

Ze'Vian Capers

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Capers and this group of receivers have taken a major step forward since the start of spring. Fast forward several months later and we see a group of talented athletes ready to help out their quarterback through the air. I don't expect that improvement to stop any time soon. Capers seems like a player that is ready to be a leader on the offensive side of the ball.

Bydarrius Knighten

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Knighten has impressed his teammates and coaches over the last several weeks. He's hit the ground running as he has had to adapt to a fast pace of play with now being in the SEC. He's only going to get better.

Jarquez Hunter

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Hunter missed the scrimmage Saturday but has drawn nothing but high praise from everyone that has been around him. He will continue to battle for that number three spot whenever he makes his return to practice.

Brandon Council

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Council has played multiple positions along the offensive front throughout camp. After the offensive line solidifies and Council sits in one position, he will help this offensive line gel into a more consistent unit before they take on Akron in the season opener.

Jaylin Simpson

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Auburn fans forget how good Simpson was last year. With a ton of chatter around Roger McCreary and Dreshun Miller, Simpson is still a factor. He intercepted Nix in Saturday's scrimmage and is still showing coaches that he's a force that deserves to be on the field.

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