Offense Dominates Defense to End Spring

Tommy Tuberville talks about the final practice/scrimmage of spring training.

uburn, Ala.--The Auburn Tigers ended spring training at Jordan-Hare Stadium with the offense whipping the defense in a 68-play mini-scrimmage on Wednesday afternoon.

"The defense got taken to the woodshed today and I hadn't seen that in many moons," said head coach Tommy Tuberville. "We didn't handcuff either side. I told both coordinators (Al Borges and Will Muschamp) to run what you want and make it hard on the other side, and I'm really proud of the offense."

Redshirt freshman Mario Fannin missed time earlier in the spring with a pulled hamstring and almost Wednesday's practice with a sore shoulder. Instead, he played and stole the show with two long runs. Tristan Davis and Robert Dunn also had perhaps their best days of the spring.

"Mario Fannin looked like he wasn't even going to practice this time yesterday and he came out and ran for about 200 yards," Tuberville noted. "I'd say that's a pretty good day a Jordan-Hare Stadium. His shoulder was real sore but he wanted to go. He's a tough kid."

Spring scrimmage are supposed to be won by the defense because of a lack of offensive continuity. The first-team offense proved that wrong on A-Day just four days earlier and finished the spring with another strong performance according to Tuberville.

"It was a good showing--the running backs ran hard and the offensive line ran the ball well," Tuberville said. "They showed a lot of improvement, a lot of competitiveness and we didn't tackle very well. Some guys were hurt on defense, but that's not excuse. We should have played better than that. The offense had something to say about that."


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Tuberville still wasn't pleased with Brandon Cox's backups as no one emerged to claim the second string spot between Blake Field, Neil Caudle and Steven Ensminger.

"We found some leaders, but we still haven't found a backup quarterback," the coach noted. "We're just struggling in that area, but that's what practice is for and we'll work on it hard this summer.

"Overall it was an excellent spring," Tuberville added. "I wish a couple of guys had gotten a little more practice time in because of injuries, but that's part of it. It was a good day, a good month, and now these guys deserve a week off. They get to go home for spring (break)."


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