Auburn Scrimmage Three News and Notes

News and comments are featured as the Auburn football Tigers worked at Jordan-Hare Stadium two weeks before opening night.

Auburn, Ala.--News and notes from Auburn's third preseason football scrimmage are featured.

Offensive coordinator and quarterback coach Gus Malzahn put the offense through a situational scrimmage on Saturday in which the Tigers worked on down and distance as well as their hurry-up attack.

"We did a lot of situational things that could come up in a game, personnel groups, stuff like that--very specific," Malzahn said. "We are getting closer. It was good for us to get out here in the stadium and have those different situations presented to our guys so if we get to them in a game we will know how to react."

Malzahn added, "There was a little bit of everything to be honest with you, all the way from the opening part of the game, right around halftime and even at the end."

*Senior Chris Todd got most of the reps at quarterback and had a solid day moving the offense. Todd said he was pleased with the execution in scrimmage number three, a controlled scrimmage with officials in which the defense was not allowed to tackle players to the ground.

*Returning All-SEC defensive end Antonio Coleman gave the coaches a scare, going down for about 20 seconds in the scrimmage. However, he popped up, ran off the field and returned to action.

*Sophomore Wes Byrum had a good day making his field goals. He was seven for seven in the kicking period.

*Byrum and Morgan Hull also worked on kickoffs. Both kicked the ball to near the goal line.

*Freshman receiver Anthony Gulley had a spectacular, diving 25-yard catch on a pass from Todd to the seven-yard line as the Tigers worked on their hurry-up offense late in the scrimmage. Gulley has made big plays in every scrimmage. On the next play, Todd scored on a keeper.

*Malzahn said after the scrimmage he is still not ready to pick a backup quarterback. Chris Todd got most of the work in Saturday's scrimmage. QB Tyrik Rollison, who played extensively in scrimmages one and two, did not see as much action in scrimmage three.

*Malzahn said he is not ready to name a backup quarterback or say if Rollison will play this year as a true freshman or redshirt.

*Starting safety Zac Etheridge intercepted a pass in the scrimmage that was relatively turnover-free. However, head coach Gene Chizik said he saw too many mistakes for his liking with two weeks before opening night.

*True freshman Daren Bates ran with the first team at safety. He has been a standout throughout the preseason and is pushing for a starting job.

*Wade Christopher, a walk-on, started at linebacker with Eltoro Freeman still out of action. Freeman is recovering from a hamstring problem and a wrist injury.


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