Rhett Lashlee looking for 'high execution' out of offense in final scrimmage prior to A-Day

rblack@ledger-enquirer.comApril 11, 2014 

Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee talks with his quarterbacks (from L-R: Jeremy Johnson, Jonathan Wallace and Nick Marshall) during a practice prior to the BCS championship game.

TODD VAN EMST — Todd J. Van Emst

AUBURN, Ala.Rhett Lashlee doesn’t have the slightest idea what Saturday’s scrimmage holds for Auburn.

As of Thursday, Auburn coach Gus Malzahn hasn’t shared his plans with the rest of his staff. Not that it bothers Lashlee. Regardless of what the Tigers emphasize when they head into Jordan-Hare Stadium this weekend, the offensive coordinator has already set a goal for his unit.

Plain as it sounds, he just wants to see “high execution” in every facet of the offense.

“In the passing game, vertically down the field, our base stuff,” he said. “I want us to — (and) we’ve been getting better all spring — I want us to continue to improve and execute at a high level in the passing game. I just want us to play well and execute. Our guys now know what to do, they know how to line up, they know the play, it’s now about just executing at a high level.”

He expects the following Saturday to be every bit as important. Of course, it won’t be just any practice — or even just a regular scrimmage. Instead, it will be the Tigers’ annual A-Day game.

It will bring Auburn’s spring practice to a close and mark the final time the Tigers are together as a team until players report back for fall camp. With so much knowledge about the Tigers’ returning starters on hand, Lashlee said he’ll be more focused on players who aren’t quite household names yet.

“It’ll be good because now we get to see how do our guys compete and some of those guys like the Peyton Barbers of the world and others that still haven’t’ played in front of thousands of people,” he said. “That’ll be our first test to kind of see how they handle themselves, which is good for us as coaches.”

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