Saturday Football Scrimmage Notes

News and notes from Auburn's first major scrimmage of the spring are featured.

The notes are from Auburn's first scrimmage of the spring held on Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

*Kenny Irons, despite having a very sore left thumb, looked like his old self in the scrimmage. He carried the ball nine times for 54 yards and said after the scrimmage he was happy about how he played.

*As a group, the quarterbacks had a day to forget on the numbers. Brandon Cox was 2-8 for 11 yards with one interception, a very nice play by Jonathon Wilhite, who caught a deep sideline route intended for Courtney Taylor on fourth and less than one. Taylor had perhaps a half step on Wilhite, but the ball was slightly underthrown.

*Blake Field was 3-7 passing for 25 yards and Calvin Booker was 2-9 for 24 yards. In the defense of the quarterbacks, the receivers were generally very well covered much of the day.

*On the plus side for the QBs, they were efficient at throwing the ball away to avoid sacks.

: *Cole Bennett, the senior tight end, was the only Tiger with more than one reception. He had two for 19 yards.

*Auburn's most effective offensive play was the wide receiver reverse. Montez Billings had two carries for 20 yards, Rodriguez Smith one for eight yards and Courtney Taylor one for nine yards.

*The fullbacks got more work than normal. Mike McLaughlin had two carries for nine yards, Stephen Gowland had two for seven, Andrew Turman had three for six yards and Brad Lester carried the ball once from the fullback spot.

*Freshman tailback Ben Tate was one of the more impressive players on offense today. The 17-year-old early high school graduate led all rushers for 61 net yards on 13 carries.

*As a group, the secondary had a big day. As a whole, the defense was ahead of the offense. The defense got better as the day progressed.

*Noseguard Josh Thompson had a terrific day.

*The offense had a tough time getting the ball in the end zone. The only scoring drive was a 10-yarder with Tre Smith scoring from the three.

*There were a lot of field goals kicked today. John Vaughn missed his first one, from 48-yards out, and then was on the target the rest of the day hitting six of seven. Zach Kutch has missed one field goal, but made the rest (five of six.)

*Tez Doolittle had by far the best scrimmage of his career. He looked very good against the run.


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