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Offense plays catch up in Auburn scrimmage
April 11, 2015

Here comes Tony Stevens and Auburn in Saturday's scrimmage in Jordan-Hare Stadium

By Charles Goldberg

AUBURN, Ala. -- The offense played a little catch up at Auburn on Saturday, producing more touchdowns in this scrimmage than the one before.

Who won the 60-play scrimmage?

"I think the defense had a big interception, almost returned it for a touchdown. The offense scored a couple of times. I think it was a little bit of both," said coach Gus Malzahn.

Malzahn said the improvement was across the board, including quarterbacks Jeremy Johnson and Sean White.

"Jeremy had some a better scrimmage than he had the first scrimmage. He's had a real good week. Sean is doing a solid job, too," Malzahn said.

Overall, "I think it was a pretty even scrimmage," he said.

Players remembered five touchdowns.

"I liked our attitude, our intensity and our energy. I felt like the guys wanted to be coached. We've just got to work on being more consistent. We're letting everybody play like we did last scrimmage. Obviously, our expectations are high with the guys returning. We're finding out a lot of information from a coaches' standpoint from these scrimmage."

Malzahn said Auburn concentrated on a more physical running game with the rotation of Roc Thomas, Jovon Robinson and Peyton Barber.

Malzahn also said...

· The details for next Saturday's A-Day Game haven't been settled, but it will be similar to the last two years with the offense on one sidelines and the defense on the other.

"Once we see how we made it through this scrimmage here, probably Tuesday or Thursday, I'll be able to be more specific. We're playing in front of a big crowd. We want to make it worth our fans' time. And at the same time, from a coaches' standpoint, we want to see how our guys perform in front of a crowd. We're really look forward to that."

· Defensive lineman Carl Lawson and offensive lineman Alex Kozan went through some of the practice Saturday, but were held out of the full-scale scrimmage. They're coming back from injuries that sidelined them last year.

"They got most of the reps in the third down, they got most of the reps in the two-minute situations on both sides, so they got a lot of work with that."

· Approximately 750 coaches attended Auburn's annual coaching clinic.

"It's been great to see those guys, and we had a lot of guys that returned from last year or even the last two years."

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