Coordinators See Room For Improvement

Al Borges and David Gibbs comment on the Auburn football team's offense and defense.

Auburn, Ala.--Offensive coordinator Al Borges and defensive coordinator David Gibbs gave Auburn's opening scrimmage of the preseason mixed reviews.

Borges says the tape of the scrimmage confirmed his early observation that starting quarterback Brandon Cox had a good performance and that the backup QBs need to continue to improve.

Borges gives instructions to Blake Field on Thursday.

"Brandon was pretty efficient the whole day, but there are too many opportunities for some routine plays we didn't take advantage of like dropping a pass or missing a ball we shouldn't. Some of that is getting the rust off because we are just getting started, but we aren't going to use that as an excuse. If guys want to compete for a position, guys have got to make a play whether it is a great play or an easy play."

Borges says he will continue to closely watch the backup quarterbacks, Blake Field and Calvin Booker, to see if one is ready to move ahead in their competition to be the number two quarterback. The offensive coordinator says it is still to close to call and plans to let the battle go on for another week or two. The next big test will be in a major scrimmage on Saturday.

Head coach Tommy Tuberville says it may be as late as the week before the season opener before a decision is made on who is the second stringer. That player is much more heavily involved in rehearsing the game plan each week than the number three QB.

Calvin Booker rolls out and looks for a receiver in Thursday's 11 on 11 work.

Defensive coordinator David Gibbs says after grading the video of Auburn's first scrimmage he would give his group mixed reviews.

"The first four plays of the scrimmage we were terrible," he says. "We had four MA's (missed assignments) by starters who started for us last year. We gave up three big plays and had a penalty.

"After that, I thought we regrouped, played pretty hard and played good," Gibbs adds. "We did a good job with our blitzes and some stuff, but again we made too many mistakes with our veteran guys. The young guys flew around and played hard and did a decent job overall."

Gibbs says some of the young defensive backs showed promised in the scrimmage. "Pat Lee made some plays. Jonathan Wilhite made some plays. All of the true freshmen corners are going to be good players. It is just hard right now to get reps because the older guys are fighting for jobs."


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