April 13, 2013
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN — Auburn quarterback Jonathan Wallace called time out after Saturday's scrimmage. He wanted to put in a good word with the media for the guys who don't pass, run or catch.
"The offensive line, I don't see why they're not getting a lot of the praise. Those guys are really getting after it with protections, and just setting up pace," Wallace said.
The offensive line provided the protection for the quarterbacks and blocks for at least four touchdowns in the closed scrimmage in Jordan-Hare Stadium. Running back Corey Grant won the most praise, from Gus Malzahn and others.
Wallace's post-game report? The scrimmage was good. Fellow quarterback Kiehl Frazier had a similar summary.
"We definitely got better," Frazier said. "We made some plays today that we haven't been making earlier this spring. We progressed a lot.
"This one was a lot more crisp. We still made mistakes, but it wasn't like last week where every other play somebody busted an assignment."
Frazier said his connection with receivers is also improving.
"Guys are starting to be closer to the spots we're expecting them to be. The timing is getting a little bit better. You could tell out there today," Frazier said.
Wallace said the quarterbacks are "we're getting guys in the right spots and we're making some positive things happen. That's great for our team. We're still trying to get that attitude right as far as being mentally tough. We're getting it. It's really good for our team to step up to the adversity that has been going on, and really take control and move forward."
Wallace went from a third-string freshman to Auburn's starting quarterback for the final four games. This is his first spring practice.
"As far as the spring, I'm used to it now," Wallace said. "Things aren't moving as fast. I have that in the bank. That part of the game I've been able to catch on really quick to it. It's a process. Things are going pretty well."
Wallace played under a different coaching staff last season. Now, it's learning the Gus Malzahn way.
"It's a matter of getting guys in the right spots, and that's a thing Coach Malzahn has hit on," Wallace said. "What they want see out of us is leadership and getting guys in the right spots, just being able to grasp this offense and go from there."
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