Aug. 17, 2010
AUBURN, Ala. - The Auburn football team held its third scrimmage of the season Tuesday evening, running approximately 80 plays inside Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Following the scrimmage, head coach Gene Chizik said that much of the focus of the scrimmage was on increasing the tempo of the offense.
"Offensively, we tried to work our pace a little bit more, just trying to get a rhythm and get a fast pace going right now, which was very effective," said Chizik. "It was good for us to work on that for both sides of the ball, and we were very productive in doing that."
Chizik noted that while both the offense and defense had positives and negatives, getting more experience for the younger players was vital and will help determine which newcomers may see playing time this season.
"There was some good and some bad on both sides of the ball, but we got a lot of work with the young kids," said Chizik. "We will look at the tape and we will see where we have to go from here, and hopefully make some more decisions in the next few days on who is going to help us."
One player that coach Chizik singled out for his performance was senior wide receiver Kodi Burns.
"I have to give Kodi Burns a lot of credit," said Chizik. "He has taken it as a personal thing to help us on special teams, where he has really improved. As a pass-catching receiver, he has done some nice things and I am proud of where he has come. He is just a great Auburn guy and I really appreciate his efforts, and so do his teammates."
The scrimmage was Auburn's third in the last six days, but Chizik noted that although they have been beneficial, they will become less frequent as the season opener approaches.
"I have to give the team a lot of credit," said Chizik. "They are really trying to press through. It has been pretty taxing, but that is by design. We know as we get closer, those are going to get few and far between. Tonight was good work and they needed it."
Auburn coaches also awarded scholarships to three walk-ons.
He says it was great to see and the trio earned it.
All three players contribute on special teams.
The Tigers will take Wednesday off for the first day of classes for the fall semester. The team will return to the practice fields Thursday at 5 p.m. CT.
Auburn opens the 2010 season on Sept. 4 against Arkansas State at 6 p.m. CT in Jordan-Hare Stadium. The game will be televised by Fox Sports Net.
A limited number of season, mini-season and single-game tickets are still available. For more information, please visit www.auburntigers.com or call 1-800-AUB-1957.
AUBURN PLAYER QUOTES
Cameron Newton, QB On tonight's scrimmage... "I had a few touchdowns tonight, but you can't get complacent. It was fun to cheer on the other offensive teammates."
On the offensive performance... "We had fun on offense tonight. We went out there and executed our plays. Our offense is supposed to be running up and down the field every day, knowing our assignments. Today, we got a chance to showcase it."
John Sullen, OL On tonight's scrimmage... "I think everyone came out tonight with the mindset to get better. I saw a lot of improvement on both sides of the ball, but there is still plenty of work that needs to be done."
On the team's improvement... "We are slowly becoming more disciplined. You can tell everyone is getting into the football groove. We're getting more and more big plays. You can really see this team coming together as a whole."
On preparing for the season opener... "I can't wait to see the fans come out and support us. That is what I play for, the fans."
Michael Dyer, RB On tonight's scrimmage... "It went really well. I was able to get a few more carries. Coach wanted me to get some more reps and it went well."
On the offense's improvements... "We still have to work on alignment and getting key blocks. We came in here and tried to finish it off strong."
On getting ready for Arkansas State... "I'm just ready for my first college game, with all the fans. I can't wait for everything to start coming together and just go out there and play."
Craig Stevens, LB On the defense's performance... "We did not play too well today, and we are just trying to find way to turn it around. It's a learning process and everything isn't always going to be good."
On what the defense needs to work on before the start of the season... "We need to learn how to handle adversity and also pick up the defense, because bad thins are going to happen during the season. So we need to find a way that when bad things do happen, we can find a way to just put it behind us and move forward."
On the progression of the freshman linebackers... "They are performing extremely well, especially being freshmen. We are trying to get them along and to play at our level so when they get in the game they feel comfortable. Overall they have played great, it is just a matter of learning and getting reps."
Jonathon Mincy, DB On the scrimmage... "We didn't have a good scrimmage toady. The coaches said we lacked energy and we were not playing to our full potential. We just need to come back harder the next time."
On his performance in today's scrimmage... "I did ok, but I could have done a lot better. I feel that I am getting better and better every day with more reps."
On what his role on the team is... "Right now I am just trying to learn from the older guys, and when I get in the game I will try to play to my full potential.
Jessel Curry, LB On today's scrimmage... "The offense came out and made a lot of big plays. The defense just needs to be able to stop the big plays. We made a lot of mistakes and overall we just didn't have a good scrimmage."
On his performance today...
"I think I did pretty well but I missed a few assignments. The defensive line played well so I was able to play in space."