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Sept. 27, 2014

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Auburn's Montravius Adams is there, disrupting the passing of Kansas State's Jake Waters in the Tigers' last game


By Charles Goldberg
AuburnTigers.com
 
AUBURN, Ala.  Auburn's defense turned in a solid defensive effort and held Kansas State to 40 yards rushing the last time out and, in fact, ranks higher on the SEC stat page than its brothers on offense.
 
Ellis Johnson says there's room for improvement.
 
Auburn's defensive coordinator says he wants his pass rush to be better, and that's likely one of the things the Tigers will be working on in Saturday's 3 p.m. homecoming game against Louisiana Tech in Jordan-Hare Stadium. That's the last stop before No. 5 Auburn begins playing seven SEC teams ranked in the Top 25, starting with LSU at home next week.
 
"Upfront played pretty well,' Johnson said.  "We're still concerned we're not getting good pass rush out of our four-man rush. We've got to look at who and we've got to look at how. We keep trying to give those guys some reps and develop a skill set to be able to do it. But we also have to get creative on some things and try to get pressure on the quarterback."
 
That SEC stat sheet says Auburn has eight sacks, six interceptions and 20 quarterback hurries playing the pass. The Tigers are third in the league in run defense, 11th in pass defense.
 
"We’re very good right now stopping the run," said coach Gus Malzahn. "We’re working on improving in all areas and putting a little more pressure on the quarterback in pass situations. But I like the direction that we’re going."
 
Johnson said the development is ongoing.
 
"We can still improve like any college football team this time of year. We're steadily making progress," Johnson said. "We've got some young players in some key roles. We're not a real experienced defense, but at least they've been in this system another year, so it's starting to help us in that respect. But, they're improving not only by the physicality, they're improving on their assignments, their alignments, technique, their stances, just little things that make a football player better."
 
Johnson conceded the Kansas State game was "statistically" one of Auburn's better defensive game, so Auburn will carry that to Louisiana Tech.
 
"Kansas State was, overall, the most complete team and it was a tough environment to go over there and have to play. It'd be hard to say it was definitely the best game, but I think we played on a level we had to against a really good opponent," he said.

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

 

 

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