Stevens Discusses Scrimmage, LBs and QBs

A report from the Auburn football team's first preseason scrimmage is featured.

Auburn, Ala.--Junior linebacker Craig Stevens says Auburn's first football scrimmage of the preseason was a solid one.

"I felt like we had a good scrimmage on both sides of the ball," he points out. "There were big plays on both sides. (Cornerback) Harry Adams got a big interception close to the end of the scrimmage and the last play (wide receiver) Emory Blake got a long touchdown (50 yards). Overall, I thought it went well."

Stevens, a returning starter at strongside linebacker, notes, "The first team linebackers played 20 to 30 plays. I think the coaches wanted to see what the freshmen and all of those guys can do. I think they did pretty good when they were out there.

"Harris Gaston (injured) didn't get to play. He is still trying to get well. Jonathan Evans did pretty good out there. You could see at times he got fatigued, but once he gets in shape out here he will be all right."

With linebackers Spencer Pybus and Adam Herring looking to recover from injuries, the walk-ons got a lot of action. "Ashton Richardson had a very good scrimmage," Stevens notes of the 6-0, 190 freshman from New Orleans. "I believe he is the one who tipped the ball when Harry got the interception. Wade Christopher did pretty good out there, too. He has been with us for a while so he picked up where he left off."

The first team defense spent a good bit of the scrimmage at Jordan-Hare Stadium on the sideline watching the backups perform. "The first team had a lot of three-and-outs," Stevens says of the defense. "The second team gave up a couple of drives, but they also had some stops around the goal line."

Defensive reserves Demond Washington (32), Robert Hill (40) and Cameron Henderson ((92) tackle running back Eric Smith in the scrimmage.

One of the major topics of discussion about the 2009 team is who will be the starting QB. "I thought all of the quarterbacks had a good day, especially Tyrik Rollison," Stevens says. "He was slinging it out there. Kodi Burns did not really get too much play out there. Neil Caudle and all of the other guys played pretty good."

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