Young DB Shoots For Memorable Finish to Spring

Auburn wrapped up spring drills with a lengthy scrimmage and this young defender showed he could make big plays.

Auburn, Ala.--Steve Gandy decided to leave his coaches with a strong impression from the last time they will see him in pads until preseason practice starts on August.

The redshirt freshman safety came through with several bone-jarring hits in Wednesday's scrimmage to wrap up spring training for the Auburn football team. He also got to blitz several times and took advantage of that opportunity with a pair of quarterback sacks.

"I got a few big hits out there," the redshirt freshman says. "It was the last week of spring training so I went out there with the attitude that there is no next week. I came out and tried to give it everything I had and left it out on the field."

Gandy looks at walk-on tailback Hanif Suluki, who was drilled by the freshman safety.

Secondary coach and defensive coordinator David Gibbs said after the game that he liked the effort he saw from Gandy and others on defense. The coach noted he thinks the defense will continue to improve when the Tigers return to practice in August and Gandy agrees.

"I think a lot of young guys got better," Gandy says. "With guys like Travis (linebacker Travis Williams) and Kevin (linebacker Kevin Sears) and others being out, a lot of young guys got to step up and get a lot of playing time this spring. When we get the veteran guys back in the fall I think we are going to be all right on defense."

Gandy says he hopes to be better by opening day, too. "I got a whole lot better from the start to the finish of spring," he says. "I learned a lot about the defense and there is no doubt that I am playing better than before spring training started."

Gandy says he is having fun playing in the aggressive 4-3 system directed by Gibbs, particularly when he gets to attack the quarterback. "I love to blitz and get to run free with no responsibilities and hit whatever you see," the safety says. "I love to do it."

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