Scrimmage 3: News, Notes, Quotes, Part 2

More news, notes and quotes from Auburn's third football scrimmage are featured.

Auburn, Ala.--In the scrimmage Coach Gene Chizik said was Auburn's most physical thus far in preseason camp, Quan Bray created a buzz on the field Wednesday night by laying a solid stiff-arm into defensive back Jonathon Mincy on a big gainer pass play.

"I just caught the ball on a shallow cross and I reacted," the wideout said. "I saw him and just tried to throw him off of me and make a play. That's all it was.

"It was a beast mode," Bray added. "I can say that."

Noting that making physical plays adds momentum to the sideline, Bray said it gives the offense something to feed off of and motivation to make plays when back on the field.

The sophomore said this season is much different for him than last year, mainly because he knows the offense inside and out. He has been practicing in the slot and outside at wideout, he stated.

Along with working at receiver, Bray said he is back on special teams, returning kickoffs and punts. "There's money back there so I'm very focused on that punt return and kick return, trying to make plays everywhere," he added.

Quan Bray

With tons of talent at wide receiver, Bray said opponents will have a harder time on pass defense this season. Saying the position has a lot of playmakers, Bray added the secondary will not be able to focus on just one receiver because that will open up room for a number of Tigers to make plays.

Seeing his own stock rise during the offseason, Bray named Trovon Reed, Sammie Coates, Jaylon Denson and Travante Stallworth as players he has seen emerge as reliable receivers as they have grown closer as a group this year

"We really do feel it because at Auburn we pride ourselves on being a family so we just take that and build upon that outside on the field," Bray said.

Still needing to work on the inconsistencies that the Tigers have faced throughout fall camp, Bray said he feels confident that the receiver corps will be prepared for the opener against Clemson.

"We still have a lot to improve, but by two weeks, we'll be ready," Bray stated.

In other news and notes from scrimmage three:

*Quarterback Clint Moseley, who has been dealing with an arm problem this preseason, played just one series with the first offense and one series with the second team, plus late in the practice did some situational work. "The arm gets sore, but it felt okay," the junior quarterback said.

*John Sullen, who had been sidelined for the earlier scrimmages with an injury, said he was excited to be back on the field. The senior offensive guard noted that he is "100 percent physically."

Asked how he felt to be back in the action, he said, "Very excited, very excited. Watching is not fun at all." Sullen also had praise for freshman Alex Kozan, who has been getting work with the first and second team at guard this preseason.

Alex Kozan

"He is so smart," Sullen said of Kozan. "He is ridiculously smart with picking up the schemes and the big picture of things. He really impressed Coach (Jeff) Grimes early. He will be a great player."

*Junior Jeffrey Whitaker and sophomore Angelo Blackson ran first team at the tackle spots and juniors Dee Ford and Corey Lemonier ran with the ones at end in the scrimmage.

*The three linebackers with starting experience were running with the first team on Wednesday night--seniors Daren Bates and Jonathan Evans along with junior Jake Holland.

*Gene Chizik said that Wednesday's scrimmage that featured 95 plays, the longest of the three this year, will give the coaching staff plenty of video to evaluate players with the opener just slightly more than two weeks away.


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