Torbor Brings The Heat

Reggie Torbor's six sacks led an impressive effort by the front four in Saturday's second scrimmage of the spring.

Auburn, Ala.--Welcome back Reggie Torbor.

That was the battle cry heard loud and clear on the defensive side of the ball following Saturday's scrimmage inside Jordan-Hare Stadium. Going 150 plays, split almost evenly between the first and second units, the 6-3, 248-pound Torbor led a defense that was dominant. Particularly impressive was the defensive line where he, along with Wayne Dickens, Spencer Johnson and Brett Eddins, accounted for 21 tackles with 12 going for losses.

Reggie Torbor (82) battles to break away from offensive tackle Mark Pera.

"I think he had six sacks or something of that nature," defensive coordinator Gene Chizik said of Torbor. "That's what makes the difference when you get them in third and long. You have to be able to rush the passer and he did a great job today.

"Wayne Dickens on the defensive line had a great day today. He had two or three tackles for losses and had a couple of sacks himself. To me there was a definite difference between the defensive line last week and this week and the more we get people healthy and the more we can develop a little bit of depth, I think we'll be okay."

While the entire defensive line made major strides in one week's time, all everyone could talk about was the presence Torbor made on the field. Running by everyone the offense put in front of him, whether it be Ryan Broome, Mark Pera or Rich Trucks, Torbor definitely caught the eye of his head coach with his performance Saturday.

"Reggie Torbor is back," Tuberville said. "He got six sacks and it's good to see him back. We knew Ryan Broome probably didn't sleep a lot last night knowing he was going to have to block him all day. It's tough for anybody to. He's going to make our offensive line a lot better."

For Torbor the day was all about having fun. That's what this defense is all about and the players on this team have taken to that philosophy full bore. Giving way to a system that thrives on players making plays, Torbor said this defense has been great so far this spring and he thinks it will only get better the more the Tigers become acquainted with Chizik's schemes.

"The style makes it more fun because we don't have wait for things to happen," Torbor noted. "We go make things happen. We don't wait for blocking to develop and plays to develop and by the time we react they are five yards down field. So we pretty much try to attack them before things happen.

"We talked about how much we wanted to make an improvement this time. Even though I didn't participate last time, we didn't like what we saw as a defensive line. Even though we did pretty well we want perfection. That's what we work for...the defense came out and we got a lot done. We took some days last week and took some time to learn what we are doing because it helps you so much if you learn what you are doing before you line up."

Tiger Ticket Extra: There were some very interested spectators at Saturday's practice, including a trio of wide receivers who have a very good chance to receive some early playing time. Watching intently from the sidelines, Selma's Ben Obomanu, Loachapoka's Montae Pitts and Hewitt-Trussville's Lee Guess all saw Auburn's wide receivers continue to struggle to make plays. Also in town was big defensive tackle signee Antwarn Franklin, who said that he has a qualifying score on his ACT. Also watching the action was center signee Will Ward from Prattville.


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