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Gus Malzahn promises more balance in Saturday's scrimmage
Aug. 13, 2015

Jeremy Johnson will be looking to pass in Auburn's scrimmage Saturday

By Charles Goldberg

AUBURN, Ala. ― It's time to pass the football.

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn says Saturday's scrimmage in Jordan-Hare Stadium will feature more of the forward pass following a Monday scrimmage that was built around the running game.

"We'll probably be a little more balanced," Malzahn said Thursday. "The very first scrimmage, whether it's spring or fall, you really want to run the football, and not just for your offense, but for your defense.

"We'll throw it a little bit more and we'll try to stay as balanced as we can. There will be certain situations we really want to look at, too, on the field or down and distance.

"We didn't do a whole lot of that the very first scrimmage, so we'll be a little more direct as far as that is concerned."

Malzahn said he'll also do a "little more special teams" to evaluate which young players could play there and help on either offense or defense.

Malzahn said he's expecting everyone will be healthy enough to participate.


• Receiver Duke Williams, who missed five days and six practices while dealing with a discipline issue, practiced Thursday, but he'll head to the scrimmage at the bottom of the depth chart, Malzahn said.

• Auburn wrapped up its 10th practice of the preseason camp Thursday.

"I feel like we improved in all three areas. We're still in the process of improving, but I do like where we're at at this point," Malzahn said.

The Tigers will take Friday off, or at least be away from practice. They'll take a team photo instead in Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Auburn will practice Sunday, then be off again Monday for the first day of classes.

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



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