The junior, who is being heavily counted on to be a big-play man for the Tigers this fall, did that in Auburn's second major scrimmage of the spring. He had eight tackles, with 3 1/2 behind the line of scrimmage and two being QB sacks totaling 18 yards in losses.
"We had a fun out there on defense today, although the offense got us with a couple of trick plays," Groves says. "Coach (Al) Borges said he was going to have something to surprise and he did with that halfback pass that Tre threw (Tre Smith to tight end Tommy Trott) to set up a touchdown run by Smith.
"We did okay although we mis-fitted some things at times," Groves says. "I guess that isn't a big surprise because we are running a new defense and doing some different things.
"We also did a lot of good things, too," the junior notes. "We were flying around out there. We had some sacks and we have to go out there every day with the mindset that nobody can block us.
"Coach Price (defensive ends coach Terry Price) does a great job of teaching technique and improving the things we aren't good at," Groves says. "I give credit to him and to Coach Muschamp (new defensive coordinator Will Muschamp)."
Quentin Groves looks to the sidelines for a signal during the scrimmage.
Groves notes that instead of always lining up with his hand on the ground, at times he plays like a linebacker and tries to keep the offense guessing on where he will be when the ball is snapped."
Because the offense knows many of the defensive signals and vice versa, the defense threw a few curve balls at the offense by using what Groves refers to as "dummy calls" to make the offense think they were going to use a particular blitz or protection and instead do something different.
"I give credit to Coach Muschamp for having some good ideas," Groves says.
"Overall, we did okay on defense," Groves adds. "The effort was outstanding. We were flying around out there running to the ball."