Auburn Scrimmage 2: News, Notes and Quotes

Comments from players and coaches plus news and notes from Auburn's football scrimmage are featured.

Auburn, Ala.--One of the few seniors on the 2011 Auburn football team, Quindarius Carr, said he saw progress from the Tigers in their second scrimmage of the preseason.

The wide receiver from Huntsville said the offense worked on one of offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn's favorite things, getting plays run quickly to pressure the defense.

"We put in pace and we did a lot of good things in the scrimmage," Carr said. "The young guys played well today. A lot of those guys have improved tremendously. All of the freshmen have caught my eye."

Head coach Gene Chizik said it was a scrimmage in which the coaches wanted to get a good read on the young players and those guys saw plenty of action. The coach said the staff will study the video and help them make decisions on the depth chart as the Tigers prepare for the season opener.

Carr said he likes what he is seeing from quarterbacks Barrett Trotter, Clint Moseley and Kiehl Frazier, a position where a depth chart has not been named. "All three of them are making good plays and because of that the offense is going well," Carr said.

As a senior Carr said he is trying to step up and be a leader for this team. "I feel like I am playing really good football now."

In other news and notes:

*Defensive coordinator Ted Roof said he saw improvement on his side of the football. "With the first couple of groups in there, it was much sharper from an alignment standpoint," he noted. "It wasn't perfect because there were still mistakes, but from an execution and efficiency standpoint it was better."

*The Tigers are expected to have at least one more scrimmage before the Sept. 3rd opener vs. Utah State.

*Freshman tight end Brandon Fulse, is getting plenty of action. His position coach, Jay Boulware, said he is pleased with how Fulse is performing.

*Sophomore defensive end Corey Lemonier said he is encouraged by a large number of freshmen "proving they can contribute to the team" this season. "I thought the defense did pretty good in the scrimmage," Lemonier said. "We have some spots we need to fix so we will need to go into the film room and study that and then come back out and do it better."

Lemonier said there is a lot of competition for playing time with many freshmen performing well this preseason. He mentioned safety Erique Florence as a player off to a good start. "He is making plays every single day," Lemonier said. On Saturday in the scrimmage the freshman from Valley got a touchdown on a scoop and score play and also had an acrobatic deflected pass.

*Lemonier said that a pair of true freshman defensive linemen, tackle Angelo Blackson and end Devaunte Sigler, are making progress in the second week of practice.

Freshman receiver C.J. Uzomah runs with the football on Saturday.

*Injured offensive tackles A.J. Greene and Aubrey Phillips did not scrimmage on Saturday. Brandon Mosley started at left tackle and Chad Slade was at right tackle.

*Also missing the scrimmage with injuries were tailback Michael Dyer, freshman defensive tackle Gabe Wright and freshman wide receiver Sammie Coates, who was on crutches with his leg wrapped.

*With projected starters Dyer and Onterio McCalebb watching from the sidelines, freshmen Tre Mason and Mike Blakely got plenty of chances to run the football as did transfer Corey Grant. Each of those backs had a good day and Mason, who had three touchdown runs in scrimmage one, had a long run for a score on Saturday.

Commenting on Mason, Chizik said, "Tre has not arrived, but I thought he did well again today along with some of the other young backs."

*Another back, Anthony Morgan, had a long run in the scrimmage.

*Freshman cornerback Jonathan Rose, who Chizik said on Friday needs to grow up and get better, made one of the big plays on defense with an interception in the end zone.

*A pair of freshmen hooked up on a touchdown pass play with Frazier finding Jaylon Denson in the corner of the end zone. Denson had a strategic shove at the proper moment to create the space needed to make a catch.

*Redshirt freshman Trovon Reed continued to show his big-play ability. He and freshman Quan Bray worked as the deep men on the kickoff returns. Reed came close to taking one back for a touchdown. He also had several nice catches and runs in the scrimmage.

Trovon Reed runs the football on Saturday.

*The battle to be the starting center could continue for a while. That is the word from Jeff Grimes, Auburn's offensive line coach. Redshirt sophomore Blake Burgess opened with the ones ahead of true freshman Reese Dismukes.

*Chizik said he liked the energy at the scrimmage and said it was better than the previous one on Wednesday. The head coach noted that the Tigers got in full-speed, full-contact work on the punt returns and kickoff returns that was productive.

*An Auburn tradition at the end of two-a-days is a watermelon cutting. Although the Tigers still have one more two-a-days practice on Tuesday, they got watermelon at Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday after the scrimmage.


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