Spring Football Scrimmage One Notes/Quotes

The Auburn Tigers put on the pads for their first scrimmage of the spring on their fourth day of practice.

Auburn, Ala.--Travis Williams is making a bid for increased playing time as a redshirt sophomore. His big plays in Saturday's scrimmage didn't hurt his cause.

The six-foot-one, 209-pound linebacker was responsible for both interceptions in Auburn's first scrimmage of the season.

Playing with the second defense as the backup to senior Karlos Dansby, Williams scored the first touchdown of the day when he picked off a pass by backup quarterback Wesley Hill and raced into the end zone. Later in the scrimmage, he was in the right place at the right time to pick off a pass thrown by second-stringer Josh Sullivan.

Travis Williams

"I messed up on the play before my first interception," Williams says. "I tried not to think about that and d on the next play."

Williams says he is definitely ahead of where he was last season at this time. "Last year I felt like a chicken running around with his head cut off," William says. "I have a year of experience in this defense and I am feeling better about it than I did last year now that I have a year under my belt. I am just trying to work hard and I am trying to stay focused and physical on the field. I think I can cover pretty well."

Williams, who is six-foot-one, 209 pounds, is working to get bigger as well as better. "My goal is to get to 220 pounds," he tells Inside the Auburn Tigers.

At Spring Valley High School in Columbia, S.C., Williams set records for tackles in a season and a career. He took a redshirt year in 2001 and played in nine games as a reserve last year and contributed nine tackles and made one interception.

Philip Yost kicks a field goal in Saturday's scrimmage.

Philip Yost

Scrimmage Notes: Kicker Philip Yost was five of eight on field goals in his debut scrimmage as the No. 1 guy after backing up Damon Duval since he arrived in college. Yost made kicks of 39, 33, 37, 29 and 32 yards. He sailed a 42-yarder wide left, had a 30-yarder blocked by a big rush from Carlos Rogers and was short on a 52-yarder into the wind that he says he could have made. "Fifty-two yards is a long ways, but it is well in my range," Yost notes. "I just kind of tried to kick it too hard. It is kind of hard to tell since we just finished winter workouts, but I am comfortable anywhere from 58 yards in."...Field goal kicking guru Carlos White was at the scrimmage watching the action. She runs a kicking camp at AU every summer...Defensive tackles coach Don Dunn says that he began seeing signs late last season that Wayne Dickens is developing into a solid pass rusher. Dickens, playing as a backup to Demarco McNeil, got a sack in the scrimmage...Ronnie Brown didn't play much, but he made an early statement that he will be a tough man to beat for the starting tailback job. He made runs of four, nine and six yards on his first three carries against the No. 1 defense and was impressive on all three. The defense finally stopped him for no gain on his fourth try.

Anthony Mix

Former wide receiver Anthony Mix seems to be making a smooth adjustment to tight end. He finished with three catches for 32 yards, including a 21-yarder. Only redshirt freshman wideout Courtney Taylor caught longer passes on Saturday. Taylor pulled in a 48-yard bomb over fellow redshirt freshman Montae Pitts, a wide receiver turned cornerback who just happens to be Taylor's roommate. "Courtney and I will have some good competition this spring," says Pitts, who adds, "I have a lot to learn. I made a couple of mistakes and got beat deep. I have to correct those and get better by watching film, listening to the coaches and listening to Carlos Rogers, who is a two or three year starter."...The entire second offense had to do grass drills (up-downs) after Travis Williams intercepted a pass and returned it for a touchdown.

Montae Pitts

Senior defensive end Reggie Torbor sacked Jason Campbell twice, including one that could have been ruled a safety...Walk-on linebacker Mark Wise, a 6-0, 236 junior from Samson, Ala., recovered a fumble when tailback Tre Smith and QB Brandon Cox had exchange problems with a handoff. There was a mixture of second and third stringers on the field at the time...Devin Aromashodu averaged 16.9 yards per catch as a true freshman last season. He caught a 20-yard TD pass from Jason Campbell in the Saturday scrimmage...Sophomore defensive lineman T.J. Jackson has been bothered by a thigh injury, but he managed to make a sack late in Saturday' scrimmage...Karlos Dansby, who could be an All-America candidate this season, says the first scrimmage shows that the Tigers are far from being a polished unit. "I think we have got a lot of improvement to do," he says. "We need to go to the film room and then come out to practice next week and work to get better."


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