Spring Football News & Notes

Photos, news, notes and quotes from Auburn's second major spring training football scrimmage are featured.

Auburn, Ala.--Tommy Tuberville is giving the Tigers three days off before Auburn returns to the football practice field for workouts on Wednesday and Thursday. After that, the Tigers won't practice again until April 2nd due to the university's spring semester break.

Commenting on the second major scrimmage of the spring, Tuberville said, "We made some progress. At times we looked like a pretty decent football team. At times we didn't do very well."

The Auburn coach said the defense was definitely ahead of the offense, which needs work. "We have got to get a lot more physical, a lot tougher mentally and physically," he said about the defense.

Commenting on the defense, Tuberville said, "We have got to make sure we try to get better and better...I thought the linebackers tackled well. We played good inside the red zone on defense and we made plays."

The Tigers will wrap up spring football drills with the annual A-Day contest on Saturday, April 6th. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.

The photos are from Saturday's football scrimmage.

Linebacker Mayo Sowell (57) chases tailback Chris Butler. Sowell made seven solo tackles and three assists in the scrimmage.

Wide receiver Marcel Willis is shown in action during the Saturday scrimmage. The senior caught two passes for 19 yards.

Junior Rosegreen, playing strong safety, chases tailback Ronnie Brown. Secondary coach Gene Chizik says the experiment of trying the sophomore cornerback at safety is off to a good start. Junior linebacker Donatarrious Thomas (54) and senior free safety Travaris Robinson (5) also are in the chase.

Cornerback Carlos Rogers stretches prior to Saturday's scrimmage. Rogers, a sophomore who missed the scrimmage a week earlier with a hamstring problem, was back in action with the first team.

Defensive coordinator Gene Chizik says the Tigers are making progress on defense, but need to get more physical in the secondary. Chizik says, "We had two interceptions in 150 plays. We have got to come down with more balls."

Sixth-year senior Daniel Cobb takes a snap from sophomore center Danny Lindsey as sophomore linebacker Mayo Sowell studies the offense. Tuberville had praise for Cobb's performance. "I thought Daniel Cobb did a good job. He had a chance to go with the ones and I thought he took advantage of it." Splitting time with the first and second offense, Cobb hit 18-37 passes for 237 yards with one interception and one touchdown.

Defensive end Bret Eddins (94), a sophomore, chases sophomore quarterback Jason Campbell (17) out of bounds during Saturday's scrimmage. Giving support is junior defensive tackle Spencer Johnson (53). Eddins was credited with four tackles, including one for a loss. Johnson had three tackles, including one sack. Campbell completed 15-25 passes for 119 yards with three touchdowns and one interception.

True freshman linebacker Lemarcus Rowell (56) chases junior tailback Chris Butler. Rowell had four tackles in the scrimmage. Butler led all rushers with 79 yards in 19 carries at the 150-play scrimmage. Butler also caught five passes for 28 yards.

Scrimmage Two Statistics

Rushing--Chris Butler, 19-79; Ronnie Brown, 18-61; Carnell Williams, 8-39; Casinious Moore, 4-36; Victor Horn, 6-9; Michael Owens, 2-3, 1 TD; Daniel Cobb, 6-(-39); Jason Campbell, 14-(-59).

Passing--Cobb, 18-37-1, 237 yards, 1 TD; Campbell, 15-25-1, 119 yards, 3 TDs.

Receiving--Cooper Wallace, 7-94, 1 TD; Todd Bradford, 2-87, 1 TD; Robert Johnson, 5-39; 1 TD; Chris Butler, 5-28; Silas Daniels, 1-23; Marcel Willis, 2-19; Justin Fetsko, 1-6; Lorenzo Diamond, 2-14; Jeris McIntyre, 2-12; Ronnie Brown, 3-10; Joe Walkins, 1-6; Carnell Williams, 1-3; Michael Owens, 1-2, 1 TD.

Tackles (solos/assists,)--Mark Brown 8-3; Mayo Sowell 7-3; Dontarrious Thomas 6-4; Reggie Torbor 7-0; Junior Rosegreen and Wayne Dickens 5-2; Roshard Gilyard 4-3; Horace Willis and Jake Slaughter 5-1; Rashaud Walker 4-2; Steven Bouldin 3-3; Karlos Dansby 3-2; Donnay Young, Brett Eddins and Lemarcus Rowell 2-2; Travaris Robinson and Spencer Johnson 2-1; Carlos Rogers, Dante Booker and Travis Williams 2-0; Lamel Ages and Roderick Hood 1-1; Dexter Murphy 0-2; Stanford Simmons, Antarrious Williams, Karibi Dede, Ronald Samuel and Jared Nelson 1-0 and Brian Kuhn 0-1.

Tackles For Losses--Reggie Torbor 6-35; Dontarrious Thomas 3-13; Jake Slaughter and Wayne Dickens 3-12; Mark Brown 3-10; Spencer Johnson 2-13; Junior Rosegreen 2-8; Karlos Dansby 2-3; Donnay Young and Steven Bouldin 1-8; Ronald Samuel 1-7; Bret Eddins 1-3; Travaris Robinson 1-1;.

Quarterback Sacks--Reggie Torbor (6), Wayne Dickens (2); Ronald Samuel, Dontarrious Thomas; Spencer Johnson, Mark Brown; Steven Bouldin; Jake Slaughter; Donnay Young and Junior Rosegreen.


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