Seniors Give Their Take On 2nd Scrimmage

Jason Bosley and Merrill Johnson talk about Saturday's scrimmage.

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn seniors Jason Bosley and Merrill Johnson are two of the most experienced Tigers on the 2008 roster so there is no better authority among the players to judge the second scrimmage of the preseason than those two. Saturday Auburn put the finishing touches on preseason camp with its second scrimmage and Bosley said it was a solid day for the offense.

"I thought we did good," Bosley said. "We came out and started fast with a nice touchdown drive. Ben Tate made a nice run on an option play. I thought we executed well."

One of the things that coach Tommy Tuberville pointed out in his review of the scrimmage was the consistency of the offense in terms of having drives for scores instead of just a few big plays. Bosley said that is something they focused on with both Kodi Burns and Chris Todd in the game. It was made more difficult without running backs Brad Lester and Tristan Davis available, but Bosley said the offense came through and learned something about perseverance.

"After 17 or 18 practices you start building that (consistency)," Bosley said. "I thought we were more consistent. I thought our protection was pretty good all day long. We didn't run the ball as much with Brad and Tristan being out. Ben ran it some but I think they are trying to really test Kodi and Chris a little bit. I thought they both played good. I thought we were real consistent. We're getting better.

"After going for two straight weeks and 18 practices the guys are tired mentally and physically," Bosley said. "We had two (Friday practices) and they we came out and scrimmaged. It's one of those days when you've got to come in and put your hardhat on and go to work and don't just get through it but try to get better."

Defensively the Tigers also held out some key players as Sen'Derrick Marks and Walter McFadden missed the scrimmage with minor bumps and bruises. That meant more time for backups at both positions. Johnson said overall he liked the effort of the defense but he added he would give the offense the upper hand in number two.

"We started out okay but we kind of fell off," Johnson said. "The offense had great chemistry. They started putting plays together and moving the ball down the field pretty good. I think they had great chemistry and that's a good thing. Seeing the offense move the ball like that just makes you open your eyes and makes me can't wait for the first game."

With plenty of experience at the starting spots and both on the defensive line and linebackers among the reserves, Auburn should continue what has been a tradition of being strong on the defensive side of the ball. Johnson said while the offense may have gotten the best of them on Saturday he's sure that the defense will be ready when the time comes.

"It's a good thing for the offense," Johnson said. "As long as the defense continues to get better every day and progressing the right way I think everything will work itself out."

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