"It's getting a little bit more clear each and every time we take the practice field," defensive coordinator Ted Roof said on who will fit where on the depth chart. "Those young guys have made progress each day, not just between the first and second scrimmage, but each practice because they're learning a little bit more and more each time."
However, Roof noted the Tigers have a long way to go before playing the opener vs. Utah State on Sept. 3rd. The coach said the defense was very physical at the start of the scrimmage, but then got sloppy towards the end, giving up too many big plays.
"What our guys have to understand is no matter who is in the game, they have got to perform at a certain effort level, a certain level of physicality, a certain level of toughness, and that is what some of the young guys are learning right now," Roof said.
The coach noted that transition to the defensive line for true freshmen Angelo Blackson and Devaunte Sigler, who both played linebacker in high school, is a difficult one, but added that both have worked hard this fall and improved with each practice.
Roof also said junior Jamar Travis, who is looking to break into the two-deep at defensive tackle, is having a good camp and is working hard and showing improvement every day as well.
Younger players on the roster received most of the reps in the second scrimmage, according to defensive end Corey Lemonier, who noted that the defense has made progress since Wednesday's scrimmage.
"I think it has been really good because at the beginning we couldn't get the right run fits because the freshmen didn't know what was going on, the fast pace of it," Lemonier said.
"Now, we're just gelling and clicking," said the sophomore weakside defensive end, who pointed out that the younger guys on the team are relentless in their effort and willingness to learn.
With the offense playing at fast tempo in the midday heat, keeping up was a challenge for the younger players. "I think this is the first time they got paced so they looked pretty dead, but they're still hanging in there," Lemonier said.
The Tigers will look for more answers on Sunday when they return for their only practice of the day at 7:10 p.m. after taking part in Auburn's Fan Day, which will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Auburn Arena.