April 8, 2013
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN — Auburn is taking a breather at the midway point of spring practice, opting to move today's scheduled workout for something down the road, perhaps saving it for the Monday after the April 20 A-Day Game.
Auburn has used A-Day Plus One as a review session in the past.
So what do we know after the seven of the 15 practices we know about?
Hybrid safety Justin Garrett is being talked up. Everybody wants to go faster. And last Saturday's scrimmage in Jordan-Hare Stadium had its moments.
Coach Gus Malzahn said it was a good scrimmage, and quarterback Jonathan Wallace agreed.
"A lot of guys caught a lot of eyes," Wallace said.
"Guys were making plays. The offensive line was keeping a great pace. Guys were making unbelievable catches. It was a very successful day, but we've got a long ways to go. Coach still wants that standard to be so high. We want to reach that standard that coach sets."
Much of the standard has been about pace. One drill, run under the close observation of offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee, has the offense running four plays in less than a minute, moving as quickly as it can down the field.
Pace is the word.
"That's the part coming about with reps," Wallace said. "That's what Coach Lashlee wants us to do. That's what we have to do."
Wallace, when asked, offered this scouting report on junior college transfer running back Cameron Artis-Payne.
"Strong runner. He's quick. He's fast,' Wallace said. "He makes the right cuts. He's a smart ball player. Cameron has been a hard worker ever since he's come here. He's always around the complex trying to get better."
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