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Will Muschamp says he likes direction of Auburn practices
April 2, 2015


Will Muschamp gets a good look at Auburn's practice Thursday

By Charles Goldberg

AUBURN, Ala.  --  New Auburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp says he's pleased with the attitude of his players, and especially how quickly they're picking up his schemes.

Muschamp gave an upbeat report after Auburn's seventh spring practice Thursday.

"I feel like we're a little further along than most places we've been because the guys have spent a lot of time off the field of coming in and meeting with coaches extra and doing a good job of coaching each other," Muschamp said. 

Muschamp, in his second stint as Auburn's defensive coordinator but fresh off his work as Florida's head coach, has worked in his 4-3 defense, and then his 3-4 defense.  As importantly, he's worked with Auburn's offensive coaches to make sure the practices benefit everyone.

"It's been outstanding, but it's not about focusing on defense, it's about focusing on our team," Muschamp said. "There's a purpose to every practice. We're going to go out to work on first-and-10, we're going to work on third downs, we worked in the red zone today. We had a good third-down period today."

It was part of the big picture.

"What is the theme of the practice and what is the purpose of what we're trying to do and get accomplished?"

Muschamp says that's part of the game.

"That's what good staffs do. We sit down and talk about our instillation on both sides," he said. "Nobody is getting blindsided walking on the field with a totally new concept. We're walking on the field knowing, 'Hey, this what we've got going on offense. Defense, this is what we've got.' 

"Every staff I've been a part of, that's what you do. You go into the situation and everybody knows exactly what the purpose of the practice is, and I think Gus does a great job with implementing that within the plan, and us working together making sure our kids are being exposed to the right things, and things we'll see throughout the year. 

"We've got to expose our players to things, offensively, maybe we don't give them as much of. They've got to be able to see those things. So within your package, you've got to have enough volume to expose your football team to help your team, because the worst thing you can do is get into a game-week situation and something they've never faced before. That's makes it very difficult on either side of the ball."

Muschamp also said...

· He was "extremely disappointed for T.J. Davis," who suffered an ACL injury and had knee surgery before spring break.
"He's an outstanding young man who was having a very good spring. It's certainly an area we couldn't afford to lose anyone. 

"With Dr. (James) Andrews and all the outstanding medical people we have here, we're hopeful for a speedy recovery and we'll see if we can get him back for the fall."

· "We've got a couple of guys banged up. Davonte Lambert's not doing much (while still recovering from knee surgery). Jonathan Jones has had an issue with his foot that we've held off contact. We're just purposely doing that. There's nothing wrong. He's had a very good rehab. He feels very strong with the knee.

"Gimel President has had a bit of a groin pull. Tre Williams had a hamstring. Nothing big but some bang-ups here and there. We've been putting some guys in different opportunities to let them see what they can do and how they can flourish in what we do defensively. I've been very pleased with their attitude."

· On defensive lineman Montravius Adams...

"He's been a guy that just got to consistently get it out of him every snap. He's got to understand that. I think he's gotten to that maturity level to understand we're going to coach him hard every single snap to get that done. The guy has got a tremendous ability and we've got to get him playing hard every snap. I've been very pleased through seven practices." 

· Auburn will conduct its first scrimmage Saturday.

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



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