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August 9, 2014 7:58 PM

Spring struggles behind him, Cassanova McKinzy now 'in control' of Auburn's defense

AUBURN, Ala. — Ellis Johnson rarely talks in coach-speak. When there's been a breakdown defensively or one of his players hasn't lived up to his own expectations, he'll say it. Not that he does it in a vindictive way — Auburn's defensive coordinator is just being honest.

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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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