Defensive Players See Improvement

Comments from Auburn defensive players are featured after the second scrimmage.

Auburn, Ala.--Coach Gene Chizik said the defense had some "good things" happen during Saturday's Auburn footballl scrimmage, but still need to eliminate inconsistency and stop explosive plays from occurring.

"I think overall everybody did good," said defensive end Corey Lemonier. "There were some mistakes here and there, but things that we can fix."

Despite allowing several big plays on the ground, the defensive line showed improvement from Wednesday's scrimmage, according to tackle Angelo Blackson.

"The first scrimmage didn't go so well for the D line, but today we decided we were going to pick it up," Blackson said. "We've got a lot of our stunts down, got a lot of our pressure rush going in so I think today was a real physical practice, which is just what you need on the D line."

Blackson added the line was not using its hands and was not playing low for the first couple of practices. "We just wanted to come out today and use our hands, take our proper steps, get in alignment and make plays," he said.

On Wednesday, Defensive Coordinator Brian VanGorder said the linebackers and secondary still have a long way to go in preparation for the season.

"We have gotten better knowing the plays like figuring out the new defense and stuff like that," Lemonier said about his side of the ball. "I feel like the transition from the first scrimmage to the second scrimmage got a lot better just learning the plays."

Blackson noted on Saturday that the linebacker group has improved and predicted that Auburn is "going to have great linebackers once we all get this thing down."

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