Borges Not Impressed With Offense's Play

Auburn offensive coordinator Al Borges comments on the first spring scrimmage.

Auburn, Ala.--The running game was the focus of Auburn's scrimmage on Saturday as the Tigers rushed 74 times during the nearly 100-play scrimmage inside Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Though there were some bright spots, such as the performance of freshman Ben Tate, who led the offense with 61 yards on 13 carries, although Auburn only managed to score one touchdown.

Offensive coordinator Al Borges said he wasn't discouraged, but he wasn't all that impressed, either. Though it was just a scrimmage and he wasn't exactly throwing the whole playbook at the defense--he still wasn't all that pleased with the offense, either.

"We got some contact and got physical and that was really the whole purpose of today," he said. "We started off pretty good; we were coming off the ball pretty nice. We lost some momentum and the whole thing got turned around. We're switching a lot of guys in and out of there. I'm not calling plays like we're really trying."

The scrimmage pitted Auburn's first and second team offenses against their defensive counterparts with the third stringers seeing action later in the scrimmage. The Tigers started out strongly on offense, particularly with line's blocking, but eventually began to falter as the defense picked up its intensity and gained confidence.

When the final whistle had blown, it was obvious the defense held the upper hand at the first of three or four major scrimmages planned for the 15 days of spring drills.

It was not a productive day for the offense, which scored just one TD and that came on a 10-yard drive while working on the goal line offense and defense.

Senior tailback Kenny Irons ran for 54 yards on nine carries, sophomore Brad Lester had 39 yards on 13 rushes and junior Carl Stewart added 32 yards on 12 attempts. Senior Tre Smith scored the offense's lone touchdown on a two-yard run.

Borges said Tate, a 17-year-old rookie who graduated from high school in December, has a lot of potential. Tate, who is 5-11 ,214 pounds, showed power inside and speed on the corners

"He was pretty good," the offensive coordinator noted. "When we gave him some room to run he did a nice job. I think he's going to be a really good football player."

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