Auburn, Ala.--Auburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp saw plenty of positives from his group in the first scrimmage of the fall for the Tigers, but it wasn't perfect. Facing an offense that has had plenty of success running the football under Gus Malzahn, Muschamp said the defense had its share of mistakes facing the ground game for the Tigers.
“I thought we did some nice things. As much as anything we had some good focus and good effort. We tackled well for the first scrimmage, I think we had 12 missed tackles in 90-something snaps so that’s a positive for a first scrimmage, especially as much as our offense creates space plays. You have to tackle well in space. We played well on third down and we played well in the red zone. We didn’t play the run very well and that was extremely disappointing. We gave up five big runs and over four yards a carry for the entire scrimmage. I’m extremely concerned about that, especially in our league."
Muschamp singled out the play of several freshmen in the first scrimmage. Included in that group were defensive backs Carlton Davis, Javaris Davis and Jeremiah Dinson, linebackers Darrell Williams and Richard McBryde, and defensive lineman Byron Cowart.
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