Malzahn Sees Positives in Scrimmage Two

Auburn's offensive coordinator discusses Auburn's Saturday football scrimmage.

Auburn, Ala.--Offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn said after Auburn's first preseason scrimmage on Tuesday he hoped to cut down on turnovers for scrimmage two.

On Saturday evening at Jordan-Hare Stadium, that mission was accomplished.

"We had zero turnovers and that was really a bright spot," Malzahn said. "We had two penalties--one motion and one hold with our second group. I can see our guys improving and getting better so that was very good to see."

Chris Todd took the snaps with the ones after being named first team QB on Thursday. "He did a good job running the offense," Malzahn said. "He threw a touchdown. It was really good for him. The more experience and the more snaps he gets running this offense, the better it is for him."

Gus Malzahn

Malzahn said the offense needs as much 11 on 11 work at full speed as it can get before the season opener vs. Louisiana Tech, which is three weeks away, the better the offense will be.

True freshman Tyrik Rollison had perhaps the most impressive quarterback play, connecting with a 65-yard bomb to freshman wide receiver Travante Stallworth. Rollison threw the pass more than 60 yards in the air.

Travante Stallworth prepares to catch a long pass from Tyrik Rollison that was thrown over defender Harry Adams.

Rollison got his work with the twos on Saturday evening.

"Tyrik got a lot reps," Malzahn said. "We are still evaluating him and we will continue to do it. He did a solid job. He made a really good throw for a touchdown."

The offensive coordinator, who doubles as quarterback coach, said Rollison also made some freshman mistakes, but noted, "We will correct that."

Kodi Burns won praise from Malzahn for his play running at quarterback in the "wildcat" formation and as a receiver. Burns scored a touchdown as the wildcat QB in the scrimmage. He faked a handoff to the left, found a hole on the right side of the line and used a stiff arm to break a tackle on his way to the end zone.

Mario Fannin, another possibility to be the main man as the wildcat quarterback, said he thought the Tigers made progress on both offense and defense in scrimmage two.

"It went good," Fannin said. "We ran a lot of big plays on offense and the defense made a lot of good stops, so it's kind of like we're pulling everything together now."

Commenting on the offense, the junior said, "We've tried to eliminate a lot of the errors that we had and we've basically just tried to follow through on everything that the coaches taught us, as far as executing the plays well and just getting after it and that's something that we did today and we kind of came out on top."

Head coach Gene Chizik said the competition for who is the number two quarterback will continue. Neil Caudle played briefly during the two-minute drill at the end of practice. Freshman quarterback Clint Moseley did not get into the scrimmage.

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