Saturday, April 9, 2011

Defense dominates in Auburn scrimmage

By Charles Bennett
AUBURN – Auburn’s scrimmages are closed to the media and to the general public, no statistics are released, and players and coaches go out of their way to avoid reference to specifics.
All that being said, it’s clear that the defense dominated Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium in the Tigers’ second full scrimmage of the spring.
Offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn, a man not noted for hyperbole, and wide receivers coach Trooper Taylor, a man who is, were both in agreement that defense carried the day.
“No doubt, they got after us,” Malzahn said.
Taylor elaborated a bit more effusively, but for pure description, no one captured it better than sophomore wide receiver Trovon Reed.
“We got them in the first half,” Reed said. “In the second half, they came out with the energy. They must have had something in their water that we didn't have. The defense -- all of a sudden, everybody on the sidelines was jumping and screaming and we were looking at each other like: ‘Hold on; who they have over there?’ It was like a different team. It looked like the defense we were playing with last year in the second half.”


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