Auburn Linebacker Wants Better Finish

Patrick Trahan talks about the defense as the Tigers prepare to close spring drills.

Auburn, Ala.--Linebacker Patrick Trahan gave his own play and the overall performance of the defense mixed reviews after Auburn's annual spring football game.

The Tigers will have one more practice, a scrimmage on Wednesday, before closing spring drills. Teams are allowed just 15 practice sessions in the spring.

"Sometimes we showed what we could do, but sometimes we were a little undisciplined, but all in all I think we came together at the end and really showed Coach (defensive coordinator Will Muschamp) we were trying and we weren't going to give up," Trahan says of the defense as a whole.

"I didn't have as good a day as I wanted to," he says. "I didn't start off the way I wanted to, but I think I ended the scrimmage the way Coach (James Willis) intended.

The first team offense scored four touchdowns in the A-Day Game, definitely not in line with the overall trend of the spring in which the first defense has outplayed the No. 1 offense.

The defense played shorthanded on Saturday with key players held out such as end Quentin Groves, tackle Sen'Derrick Marks, linebacker Merrill Johnson and linebacker Steve Gandy. Trahan acknowledges that could explain why the defense didn't dominate the action like it did in the previous two major scrimmages. Still, he wasn't happy about the overall performance.

"We scaled it back a little bit, but it was really man on man and we didn't come through all the way we should have," he says.

"People have to step up when your number is called and I think that sometimes we forget that. In the end we just have to keep going hard because in a game different things happen. You can't always hope for the best (injury situation)."


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