AUBURN, Ala. — Like the vast majority of those inside Jordan-Hare Stadium last Saturday, Jay Prosch watched Auburn’s go-ahead, 73-yard scoring strike to Ricardo Louis with anxious eyes.
The senior fullback described how the play unfolded from his vantage point.
“I saw the ball in the air and I looked down the field and saw two defenders and I was thinking, ‘Oh man, I don’t know who’s got this,’” he said. “I saw the tip and I saw that it was still in Ricardo’s range, and I saw him reach out and tip it up to himself and I was like, ‘Grab it, grab it,’ and he grabbed it. After that, I was like, ‘This is a joke. This is unreal. This isn’t happening.’ It was just amazing. I’ve never been on the field or been in a stadium and been able to see a play like that happen. It’s awesome.”
As awe-inspiring as the pass-and-catch was, Prosch said he expects quarterback Nick Marshall to receive some pointedly constructive criticism during offensive meetings this week about not only throwing into double-coverage, but overlooking Sammie Coates, who was wide-open on the play.
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“There might be a little bit of that,” Prosch said. “There’s always some learning to do, but in the end, we got the win. We definitely are going to continue to get better.”
Tigers conduct no-contact practice Tuesday
Auburn donned full pads on Tuesday, according to linebacker Jake Holland, but did so without contact. What’s more, he said, the Tigers went through tackling drills, just without taking players “to the ground.”
The Tigers dedicated Sunday’s practice to fixing issues from the previous day’s victory.
Holland said that’s the way the rest of this week’s practices will play out as well.
“This first week (we have) focused on Auburn and (got) a visual of what Alabama does,” the senior said. “It's not relaxed, I wouldn't say, but it's not real physical right now. That'll come next week."