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Football Notebook, Day 5: Offense bounces back

Aug. 7, 2013

AUBURN, Ala. – On Monday, Auburn’s offense had a disappointing day. On Tuesday, fullback Jay Prosch said it was a different story.

“The offense had a rough day yesterday,” Prosch said. "We came back and brought it and had a much better day. It was good to see guys come back and practice hard to improve.”

In their fifth practice of preseason camp, the Tigers practiced in full pads for the first time.
--Phillip Marshall

Walk-ons get work at H-back behind Prosch

Jay Proschhas a lock on the H-back position in Auburn's offense, but there are a lot of unknowns behind him.

Walk-on Gage Batten is apparently his backup for now, with occasional appearances by tight end C.J. Uzomah and walk-ons Patrick Young and Michael Clifton.

"That's been really the rotation," Prosch said.
Batten is a redshirt freshman from Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

"He moved from linebacker. He's been adjusting," Prosch said. "He's never blocked before in his entire life. But he's done a really good job. "
-- Charles Goldberg

Sanders on the defense: ‘It’s going to be a great year’

Senior defensive end Craig Sanderson said after Tuesday’s practice that good things are ahead for Auburn’s defense under first-year coordinator Ellis Johnson.

“Everybody is in their playbooks, doing extra, watching film and everything,” Sanders said. “It’s coming together defensively. The first five days have been really good. Everybody has bought in. It’s going to be a great year.”
--Phillip Marshall

Young quarterbacks get more comfortable

Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn said junior college transfer Nick Marshall and freshman Jeremy Johnson have gotten more comfortable with the offense going into Wednesday’s scrimmage at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

“The two new guys are getting more comfortable, you can tell, as far as the procedures pre-play,” Malzahn said. “I think they’re getting a better understanding. We’re putting our installs in so there’s a lot going on. The older guys (junior Kiehl Frazier and sophomore Jonathan Wallace), they’re a little more comfortable. Anytime you’re rotating four guys, they get four different reps and they’re with different people. The scrimmages will help us.”
--Phillip Marshall

Denson working inside and outside

Junior wide receiver Jaylon Denson, one of the stars of spring practice, said he is working at both inside and outside receiver positions.

“A little bit of both,” Denson said. “I worked inside today. It really doesn’t matter. Wherever I can help the team is great.”
--Phillip Marshall



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