Offense Improves In Scrimmage Two

A report on Auburn's football scrimmage includes news and notes plus comments from players and coaches.

Auburn, Ala.--The offense made progress in Auburn's second preseason football scrimmage of the spring, but head coach Gene Chizik and others made it clear there is still much improvement needed before the Tigers are ready to play a game.

"I think the whole offense improved," quarterback Kiehl Frazier said. "Passing the ball, we were more proficient today. We knew our checks and reads better. I thought we improved a lot."

Frazier said looking at the scrimmage as a whole he would call it "even" between the offense and defense. "We had some explosive plays and the defense was swarming the ball. They are always intense over there so it was a good day for both sides, but we still have a lot to improve on."

Junior Clint Moseley, who is competing with Frazier for a starting job, was bothered by a sore shoulder in the first scrimmage, but was much more productive on Saturday. He had one of the highlight plays of the session, a bomb of 50-plus yards to tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen.

Although Moseley had reason to be happier than he was on Wednesday, he noted that offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler will not be a happy coach after he grades the scrimmage video.

"The penalties stand out too much," Moseley said. "We had too many penalties...the penalties are just ridiculous. We are going to pay for that, no doubt about it."

Clint Moseley throws a pass in Saturday's scrimmage.

Moseley added, "Overall, I thought we ran the ball pretty well. I do want to give the line the credit they deserve."

Commenting on his long pass play, Moseley said, "Lutz made an awesome catch. It was typical Lutz. It got everybody fired up. I love throwing the ball to him."

Commenting on how his sore arm is coming along, Moseley said, "It is still a process of every day that therapy is steadily working. You have got to trust it. I am building up the endurance and the velocity. We are on the way up."

Chizik said he isn't seeing "much separation" between Moseley and Frazier. "We know there has to be some here soon," he added.

Chizik's comments were a lot like his quarterbacks when looking at the scrimmage as whole. "I thought we got a lot accomplished--somewhere between 70 and 80 plays. We got a lot of special teams work in today. It was very good to capture it on film and do some great teaching off it.

"We have a lot way to go," the coach added. "Again, we are talking about inconsistencies we are trying to eliminate. We didn't do that today. We stayed about the same so that was something that was disappointing to see. We have to eliminate that."

Chizik wouldn't name any player who stood out on either offense or defense. "Defensively, we had some good things happen, but again the explosive plays we are giving up still, basically in the rush game and the passing game, we have got to eliminate those. We have a long way to go, no question about it."

Tight end Ricky Parks (foreground) and fullback Blake Burgess enjoy the watermelon cutting after Saturday's practice, an annual tradition during preseason drills.

In other news and notes:

*Freshman tailback Jovon Robinson, who was held out of practice on Friday, did not scrimmage on Saturday. "Jovon is not practicing right now," Chizik said. "His high school academic status is under review and I can't go into details, but there is where we are at."

*Redshirt freshman linebacker Kris Frost had a productive scrimmage and another linebacker, Jake Holland, intercepted a pass on the goal line. Frost said he felt like he made major progress from scrimmage one to scrimmage two.

*Offensive tackle Shon Coleman participated in a scrimmage for the first time as a collegian as he continues his recovery from cancer.

*Quarterback/center exchanges were an issue in scrimmage one. The Tigers cleaned up that area of the offense for Saturday's session. Freshman QB Jonathan Wallace did a fumble on an exchange.

*The players will participate in Fan Day from 2-4 p.m. at the Auburn Arena on Saturday. The returning starters will be located at the practice court on the south side of the complex. The Tigers will return to the practice field with two sessions scheduled on Monday.


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