Herring, Sims, Dede Productive on D

First-year Auburn defensive coordnator reflects on the shutout.

Auburn, Ala.--Saturday's 34-0 shutout of Mississippi State was a big stepping stone for the Auburn defense as it will face a much better offense coming up against LSU. The blowout meant an opportunity for defensive coordinator Will Muschamp to rest his starters and get some of the younger players some live reps.

"I think that Will Herring did some good things for us and Pat Sims and Karibi Dede were our top three point getters," Muschamp said after looking at the film of the game. "Those guys played pretty well. We had a lot of guys show up and the most positive thing was that we had a lot of guys play a lot of snaps. I think our top snaps guy was about 40 snaps and that's good because it means we played a lot of guys."

David Irons, who had his first interception at Auburn, and Merrill Johnson played the most snaps of anybody on a defense that held the Bulldogs to just 161 yards total offense.

Mississippi State's longest gain in the game was for 25 yards on a pass from Tray Rutland to Omarr Conner on the first play of the game. After that the Bulldogs didn't have much success passing or running the football.

"I thought we played pretty well," Muschamp says. "We took away the run for the most part in the game and got a little softer in the second half. Other than that we didn't give up many big plays down field other than the first pass. Any time you get a shutout in this league you've accomplished something regardless of who it is against."

Since Rutland didn't have enough time to throw the deep ball and the longest rush of the game was 11 yards, it was a pretty quiet day for the AU safeties.

"(Eric) Brock played well and really did some good things for us," Muschamp notes. "Really from the safety position we played solid football. When you don't give up big plays down the field and you don't miss tackles that's usually pretty productive."


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