A-Day Notes And Quotes

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A-DAY AWARDS
Sen'Derrick Marks, DT - Mark Dorminey Defensive Player MVP Award; Kodi Burns, QB - Lionel James Offensive MVP Award; Clinton Durst, P - Lewis Colbert Specialty MVP Award

Bill Beckwith Crowd Estimate Award
Jay G. Tate, Montgomery Advertiser (34,598.5) A-Day Attendance, 35,000

Quoting Head Coach Tommy Tuberville...
"We got out of it what we wanted to. I thought it was very good competition if you can tell with this offense, the defense usually starts out pretty strong in terms of moving around and flying around making plays. The tempo of this offense makes you real tired real quick. As the game went on, the offense got a little stronger while the defense was sucking wind at some point. We tied the hands of the defense a little bit but we played a lot of man and zone and blitzed. I thought defensively we broke on the ball well. That's the best that I've seen us break on the ball in zone coverage and probably helped us having to play all of that. It was pretty good execution defensively. We had some guys show up with some pretty good licks.

"Offensively, it is the best we've caught the football. We did have a couple of drops. I remember the first scrimmage that we had this year, we dropped like six of the first eight passes thrown to us. So, we are getting better, and that is what is going to have to happen. We are going to throw the ball quite a bit next year, but remember today we didn't run the ball much. We ran a few times for the first couple of groups. We didn't play our running backs much. We are trying to get them healthy, and we wanted to put the pressure on the quarterbacks.

"I thought the quarterbacks did an admirable job of reading coverages and getting the ball off. Kodi (Burns) has to learn to get the ball off a little quicker with a little bit more touch. The guy who has helped Kodi more than anybody is Chris Todd with this offense. Chris has been helping and working with him in terms of knowing what to know in this offense. You can tell Kodi is much more comfortable in the pocket throwing the football. Kodi's forte in this offense is also going to be running the ball and getting the ball down the field and taking advantage of when people over rush and drop the linebackers the way they were dropping today. Kodi would eat us up running the ball down the field. It is a little bit deceiving of what it looked like. Kodi threw the ball better. Chris Todd got better as the game went on, and you could tell his arm is getting a little stronger. He had good touch on the ball to Robert Dunn down in the corner on the fade route. That is what Chris has a little bit over Kodi in terms of being able to throw a strike and throw it hard and throw it with a little touch. It is going to be a little bit of competition there.

"Next Wednesday, we will have a little bit more in terms of the offense run with play action, running the ball and throwing the ball down field. The offensive line was much better today in what we've done in previous practices. We didn't give up as much pressure as quarterbacks had a little bit more time to throw the ball.

"The kicking game was a little suspect. We played everybody and some guys who had never been out in the crowd in this stadium or any stadium this size. It is a little bit intense for an 18 year old kid go out there and have to do something.

"It was a good effort. It was a great crowd. I appreciate the fans coming out. It was a hot day. That is only the third time this spring that we've practiced in the afternoon ... the other two were in shorts and helmets. That is the first time we've been in pads, and we kind of hit the wall a little bit being that hot today. It was good. We got something out of it. We have a film to watch and will come back next Wednesday night and have some practice and we will throw some scrimmage in there at the end."

On Auburn's offense:
"You learn about things a little more as you go along. The one thing in looking at this offense, some teams throw the ball just to be throwing it. Nobody in our conference does it the way we do it. I haven't seen many people. It is a little bit different, but we do have two backs. We've been working on two backs running the football with the quarterback underneath the center. We are going to be a little bit more physical when we get the ball at the 1 yard line. We will get the entire offense in. We are just trying to teach the basics and get as much as we can in. Once we get to two a days, you are going to see a little bit different tempo and see some things that will be a little different."

AUBURN DEFENSE

Sen'Derrick Marks DL (Defensive MVP)
On being selected Defensive MVP...
"If that's what it is then I will take it and enjoy it. I don't think I deserved it. I don't think I did too much, but maybe I did. We just go out there as a team and compete and do the best we can."

On transitioning into a new year with a new coordinator...
"It's been a learning experience, but it has been fun. Every coach has a different style, but when you're playing ball your playing ball. It's just different styles and techniques. Everything is coming along well. We are all working hard."

On the game...
"Everybody's coming along well. We looked good, but we still need to work on a few things."

On the crowd...
"I didn't think the A-Day game was going to be like that. There were a bunch of people here today. It was awesome and everybody wanted to come watch the new offenses and defenses."

Jerraud Powers, DB
On new defensive coordinator...
"It's been a big learning experience. Coach Rhoads and we are just trying to get a feel for one another, which I think we're getting now. We're learning each others personalities both on and off the field. It's been a great time so far."

On the crowd...
"I think they came to see what the offense is all about, but I think we showed them what defense can do too. It was a good day and we enjoyed the support."

On moving forward after spring...
"We are all going in knowing for sure everyone is on the same page and that's winning a championship."

Tray Blackmon LB
On today's game...
"Everything went real good on offense and defense. We saw a lot of good things, but there is still plenty for us to improve on."

On new defensive coordinator...
"The defense and our coach are getting along real well. We are responding to him well and he's working with us well. It's all coming together. We have come a long way since spring started, but we are going to continue to work hard."

On A-Day...
"It's the love for the fans and it's one of the reasons why I love the game so much. It's also one of the reasons why I chose to come to Auburn. The fans here are great and they will support you no matter what. If you are practicing or if you're playing on the road or at home they will be there."

AUBURN OFFENSE

Kodi Burns, Quarterback
On today's performance...
"I feel like I played pretty good today. I completed some passes and started to pick things up after a slow start. My timing was good today and that helped with my overall play."

On spring training...
"In the spring I've worked a lot on my confidence. I've tried to just react to the game at the moment and let my instincts play the game. I prayed a lot about my performance this spring because I know I am a good player and I just need to get my confidence up to my potential level."

On fan's support...
"Today's fans were great. They're always great no matter what and I've known that since my first start here at Auburn."

Chris Todd, Quarterback
On today's play...
"I started out a little slow today, but once I started to complete more and more passes I think I really picked things up. The second half was much better for me I thought since I was a little more comfortable out there."

On spring adjustments...
"This spring I tried to get out and just be a leader because that's what I'm supposed to do out there. I wanted to make sure that everybody had their heads on straight and was doing exactly what we're all here to do."

On main improvements since spring...
"I really have focused on trying to get my arm back and build up some more strength. We've still got a long ways to go and I'm just going to continue to keep my fundamentals right for this season."

On today's fans...
"Today was a great atmosphere with some great fans. They were awesome out there."

Tommy Trott, Tight End
On today's performance...
"Today I made a few strides and caught a few passes. There was one that I should've caught that bounced off of me and I couldn't bring in, but I feel like I played pretty well overall."

On spring adjustments...
"This spring I've tried to just get open more with this spread offense. I wanted to gain some more strength and get faster and better with that. My strength training has been a big focus for me so far."

On today's fans...
"Seeing all the fans who came out today was very encouraging. We've got great fans here at Auburn and they always give us a great time."

Robert Dunn, Wide Receiver
On today's play...
"I think I played pretty well today. I tried to make some plays after my catches and get things started there."

On adjustments to the new system...
"This system really makes things easier for me. I just need to get open and let the rest play itself out, and that's what I've always been good at."

On spring focus...
"I've really concentrated on catching the ball and looking it in all the way. After I bring it in, I can focus on making the play then."

On fans today...
"We've always got great fans here. I think they are just as excited as we are about some new guys coming in to our program."

AUBURN SPECIAL TEAMS

Clinton Durst, P (Special Teams MVP)
On experience in front of the crowd....
"I was little nervous when I first went out there, but after that first punt I started to feel really good. You get out there and your adrenaline gets going and it is a lot of fun."

On spring practice...
"It has really been a great spring. It has been a lot of hard work and long hours, but it has definitely been worth it. You can really see how the hard work is paying off."

On being named Special Teams MVP...
"It was really a blessing. You go out there and try to work hard and stay focused on what you are doing. You just have to keep your head straight and those kinds of things will happen. This was just a great experience and it has really been a blessing."