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Auburn defenders studying Will Muschamp's playbook
March 11, 2015

Auburn's Jonathan Jones is playing defense, now for Will Muschamp

By Charles Goldberg

Defensive back Jonathan Jones says new defensive coordinator Will Muschamp was an intense guy for the start of spring practice Tuesday. He liked that. Auburn fans liked that.

But Jones says Muschamp's defense had already been a topic before the Tigers hit the field, from his observations of bowl practice, to the playbook that was distributed to all.

"It's different terminology, but basically the same thing," Jones said. "You learn the different nuances of each defense. But that's mostly off the field. You've got to get in your playbook outside the field and then come on the field and execute. It's different from last year, of course, but you have to get in the playbook and learn it."

Auburn is looking to invigorate its defense has last season's stumbles. That's why the Tigers summoned Muschamp.

"He's intense. He expects the best from you every day," Jones said. "He wants you to bring your best energy, fly around. That's what he expects from us every day.

"He knows what he's talking about, so he expects high expectations of us, and we've got to meet his high expectations. He's not going to lower them."

Muschamp's arrival means a new season, for everybody.

"You're always competing. I hope everybody's trying to get a starting job," Jones said. "You never really get complacent because when you get complacent that's when you fall back. You definitely have a chance to look back at things I did wrong last year, and I can definitely improve on that. That's been my focus.

"Coach Malzahn tells us to get back to the basics. We weren't really happy with the season that we had, and we felt like we sold ourselves short."

Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at Follow him on Twitter:



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