Lot to Like, Muschamp Says

Auburn's defensive coordinator comments on Auburn's strong defensive performance in another victory over Alabama.

Auburn, Ala.--After watching his defense hold Alabama to a season-low total of 225 yards in Auburn's regular season-ending 17-10 football victory over Alabama, AU defensive coordinator Will Muschamp says he likes what he saw.

"I thought overall we really played well," Muschamp tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I thought our front seven played outstanding football. They really controlled the blocks.

"We were real patient in the game," Muschamp says. "We played a lot of cover two and rolled up on the wideouts and rolled the coverages over the top of Hall (Alabama receiver D.J. Hall) most of the game. In order to do that, your front seven has to play well and we did that. We gave up some runs, but I wanted to be real patient in the running game and not give them anything cheap down the field. It was just a good performance."

The Tide finished the game with a season-low passing total of 113 yards as for a second straight season the AU secondary kept Tide star receiver Hall in check as Auburn beat Bama for a sixth straight season.

Muschamp says he was impressed with the play of senior noseguard Josh Thompson, who was in on a career-high dozen tackles. "Those guys (noseguards) don't get a whole lot of publicity because of the job they do in our defense. They take on the double-teams and don't let blockers on the second level. When they do get freed up, which isn't very often, they have got to make plays and he made plays. I am really proud of him and Quentin (Quentin Groves), two seniors up front, who really played good ball games."

Senior Josh Thompson had a big finish in his final game at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

The Auburn coordinator says he was pleased with the play of the secondary featuring Patrick Lee, Jonathan Wilhite, Jerraud Powers, Zac Etheridge and Eric Brock. "I thought we played really well on the back end," he says. "They are really a good throwing team and I thought we affected the quarterback with four guys and when we pressured the quarterback we came free on about everything we had planned before the game.

"The keys to the game were stopping the run, pressuring the quarterback and being effective on third down," Muschamp adds. "They were just 3-15 on third down. When you can do that you are going to win a lot of football games."


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