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March 27, 2014 4:04 PM

Auburn football: Ellis Johnson says defense has 'still got a long way to go'

AUBURN, Ala. — Last spring, Ellis Johnson’s main objective was installing his 4-2-5 defensive scheme. One year later, he’s moved to the next step: evaluating personnel. Auburn’s defensive coordinator wants to make sure he puts “people in the right place” as well as identify those who weren’t of much use last season, regardless of the reason — inexperience was viewed the same as an injury.

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Mike Niziolek joins the Ledger-Enquirer after spending the past three years with MLive.com. The past year he covered Eastern Michigan University athletics, including football and recruiting. He also filled in as a backup writer for the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Red Wings and University of Michigan. Mike is a 2004 graduate of Michigan State.

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