Brock Looking For Stronger Play From Defense

Senior Eric Brock talks about Auburn's A-Day game and gives his thoughts on the defense.

Auburn, Ala.--For senior safety Eric Brock, Auburn's spring football game was a day of mixed emotions. While he wasn't happy with the play of the defense in the contest, he says it's hard to not be a little excited to see the offense make some plays behind fellow senior quarterback Brandon Cox.

"It feels really good with him being a senior and a leader of this team," Brock says. "He was very confident. You could tell that when he was making his throws. I was very impressed by him. He did a good job of picking us apart."

With the defense playing a basic two-deep zone defense for much of the game, Auburn's first-team offense had its way for much of the day on Saturday with Cox doing the majority of the damage. Brock says that sitting back on defense made it hard for the unit to make plays, but he says that's no excuse for how they performed overall.

"It's tough, especially when Cox is over there being the general of the offense," Brock says. "He was really completing passes and picking our defense apart. The offense did a good job of run-pass to mix it up against us. We just didn't play good on defense. We sat back in a lot of zone, but we still have to be fast and physical. I didn't play well and that correlates to the defense. Sometimes if I don't play well the defense might not play well. That's kind of what happened."

Brock prepares to make a tackle on receiver Montez Billings in Saturday's contest.

While the first defense struggled at times, the backups did a better job of containing their offensive counterparts on Saturday. Showing the defensive future is in good hands, Brock says that he was proud of the way the group played but overall the defense still has to get a lot better before opening the season next year against Kansas State.

"The second team came out and played really well," Brock says. "I was kind of disappointed in how the first team played, including myself. We didn't come out with a lot of intensity and kind of played flat. Any time you give up that many points in the first half it's frustrating for our defense. We're not accustomed to playing like that. It's very frustrating and we've got a lot of work to do.

"I think we have improved, but we're still up and down right now," Brock adds. "We have a lot of young guys filling in, but we're very inconsistent. We just have to work on consistency and competing hard and playing better. We just didn't come out Saturday and play well. We have to go back to the drawing board and hopefully we'll get better."

Brock and the Tigers have one more practice. They will wrap up spring drills with a 4 p.m. scrimmage on Wednesday at Jordan-Hare Stadium.


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