Nick Ruffin (above) is one of the football team's more experienced defenders.
Auburn, Ala.--The defense had a solid day in Auburn's second major scrimmage of spring football practice.
One of the players who contributed to that, defensive back Nick Ruffin, said, “We did some good things. We definitely have some things to clean up, but that is what the spring is for. It is expected.
“You have a lot of young guys who haven’t played before and you are installing defenses,”?he added.
The defense, which gave the offense a rather vanilla look in the first scrimmage, was more multiple on Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Auburn’s head coach, Gus Malzahn, noted that he liked what he saw. Asked what the biggest change from scrimmage one to scrimmage two was, he said, “There isn’t one thing. There’s really not one thing that stood out, other than that I like the way both sides are competing. That is really what is standing out to me.
“Not one side is giving in to the other, not one side didn’t have any energy today,”?he said. “They both brought great energy. They both were very competitive. They are starting to compete. It’s good this late in spring that you have that.”
The Tigers will play their annual spring game next Saturday with the kickoff set for 1 p.m.
“It will be something similar to what we’ve done in the past,” Malzahn said. “It will probably be our ones against twos. The good thing is, I feel like we have more depth now so the twos, it could be a little more competitive than it has been in the past, which is always good. It’ll be something like that.
“The challenge we have this year is we have a quite a few that we feel like are ones, even though you have two, I know in one case three, at one position so I look for it to be a real competitive game,”?he added. “I’m looking forward to seeing some of our guys out there competing in front of a crowd like we do every year.”
Ruffin said that he believes that fans who watch the Tigers will see an improved defense.
“This is our second year in the system and this will be the first time since I have been here we will have the same system for a second year in a row,” the senior said.
We are definitely more comfortable in this system than we were last year. I think that definitely plays a role in the defense improving.”