AUBURN, Ala. — After having a chance to watch the film of Saturday’s scrimmage, Auburn coach Gus Malzahn couldn’t find any specific areas to nitpick.
Chalk it up to solid execution by the Tigers’ returnees.
“The expectations obviously are a lot higher. Your first scrimmage you're always checking maximum effort, just so everybody's on the same page,” he said following Tuesday's practice. “ I thought for the most part a lot of the older guys understood that. It was good for the younger guys to see what that expectation is.”
According to Malzahn, the team had three groups that constantly rotated, with some players receiving “multiple reps with multiple groups.” It was a successful opening scrimmage from the standpoint of gleaning more insight on Auburn’s less-experienced players.
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“We know a lot about the guys that played last year, but we're really looking at the new guys, guys that are young that have the possibility to help,” Malzahn said. “It gave us great information with all the guys that were in the scrimmage.”
Of course, no position is more scrutinized than quarterback. In Malzahn’s estimation, all of the Tigers’ signal-callers “did a solid job” Saturday.
“Any time you rotate three groups, it's hard on quarterbacks,” he said. “With that being said, I think (offensive coordinator) Coach (Rhett) Lashlee was pretty pleased with all of them that were out there.”