Backups To Get Extra Attention This Week

With no game to prepare for this week, the football Tigers will change their practice routine.

Auburn, Ala.--Offensive coordinator Hugh Nall says he hopes the Tuesday through Thursday practices during Auburn's off week will be productive ones, particularly for the "reserves.

"Overall, we was a good game at Vanderbilt, but there are a lot of things we have to get better at doing," he says. "We have to continue to work on our passing game timing routes. We need to fine tune the running game and the formations we want to work on. We need to get these young kids a lot of work the next three days--good, hard-nosed physical situations for guys like King Dunlap, Jarrod Britt and the other backups."

Auburn will play Western Kentucky at 4 p.m. a week from Saturday. The Tigers will concentrate on the game plan for the Hilltoppers next week. For the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday practices this week the team will work on correcting mistakes from the opening two losses to Southern Cal (23-0) and Georgia Tech (17-3) as well as the 45-7 victory at Vandy.

The offensive line struggled in the losses, but played better in game three, Nall says. "I thought Marcus McNeill played well and Danny Lindsey played well. The whole group up front played so much better than they had. Overall, Jeris (WR Jeris McIntyre) had a great game. I thought he was the one who broke the ice and got it rolling. Jason (QB Jason Campbell) played well. Of course, we gave him some time to do some things. I thought the running game is solid. I would like to see it improve."

Nall says it was good to give the second team offensive line playing time against the Commodores. They were in the game for Auburn's final touchdown drive that covered 80 yards in nine plays. "Our backups did well at Vanderbilt," the offensive line coach says. "They moved the ball well, their assignment grades were real good and we liked their effort."

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Backup QB Josh Sullivan made his college debut and was in for two touchdown drives in the fourth quarter. "I thought Josh Sullivan played really well," Nall says. "There are one or two things he could have done better and one or two things he could have got us out of. He had a played called wrong, but for the most part it was a really good performance. I thought he was good with the timing routes. He got rid of the football and made some nice throws. He made a nice throw when he got hit one time. I thought it was a solid performance for his first time out. I was pleased with his effort and execution."


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