Thompson and Defense Have Big Scrimmage

A report on Auburn's Saturday football scrimmage is featured.

Auburn, Ala.--The defense didn't get off to a great start on Saturday, but steadily improved throughout Saturday's first spring football scrimmage.

By the end of the session, the defenders clearly held the upper hand. The play of the secondary was impressive, but perhaps the most impressive performance was by junior noseguard Josh Thompson, who had a big day stopping the run, his speciality, but he also did well against the pass.

Thompson was able to pressure the quarterback and even deflected a pass.

When he asked if he had a big day after the scrimmage, Thompson had a big smile and said, "I thought we had a good scrimmage on defense. We all had a good scrimmage. We were having a lot of fun out there."

When pressed about his individual play, the junior admitted that he was pleased with just transpired after having a major part in the offense only scoring on touchdown in the two-hour session at Jordan-Hare Stadium. "I played pretty good, I guess," he notes.

Josh Thompson lines up over center as quarterback Brandon Cox tries to read the defense. No. 10 is linebacker Tray Blackmon. Thompson had six tackles, including 2 1/2 for lost yardage.

"We have been struggling the last two days trying to learn the defense because we have been putting in new things, but we were much better today," he says. "I think overall, we had a good day."

Commenting on his assignments, he says, "With Coach Muschamp (defensive coordinator Will Muschamp) we are have lot more line slants. We are just trying to move around more and get a lot more penetration to try to throw the offensive line off some.

"We are coming together as defense," Thompson adds. "Coach Muschamp's plays are helping us. We are still learning, but I think once we get it down we will be in good shape.

"Coach Muschamp is a smart man, a real smart man. He gets us really motivated. We are all buying into his schemes."

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