Auburn football held its first scrimmage on Thursday. Gus Malzahn and select players spoke with the media after the scrimmage. Listen to what they had to say below.
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Gus Malzahn said the defense dominated the Tigers’ first scrimmage, collecting three takeaways in the process. Two of the turnovers were interceptions, one of which was a pick six.
“Really good that our defense had an outstanding day,” Malzahn said. “Getting turnovers is a focus for us. They did a super job with that.”
Malzahn said the offense didn’t move the ball well in the scrimmage, and he will be looking to see if they will respond in the next one.
“From a head coaches standpoint, you want to win,” Malzahn said. “You want the defense to be as good as it can be. You want the offense to be as good as it can be. Then on days like this, my experience is one group that doesn’t do well one day, they need to respond the next time. So, we will see if they respond. That’s the good thing from a coach’s standpoint. But the reality is, we are pretty on defense too.”
“So, if I was a coordinator, I probably wouldn’t have a smile on my face right now,” Malzahn said.
Despite the offensive struggles, Malzahn said he expects the offensive line to be solid this year. With two new quarterbacks, it sounds like the offense is still trying to mesh together.
Malzahn pointed out kicker Anders Carlson made a 58-yard field goal.
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