AUBURN, Ala. — Through two practices with his new unit, Auburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp is satisfied with what he's seen.
"I've been very pleased with our effort. We've been two days in helmets, and we've got a long way to go but the work ethic's really good," he said in a post-practice interview Thursday. "Guys are giving good effort. I've been pleased with that."
Muschamp said he thinks players have been picking up the defensive terminology at a nice pace, which has been aided by rules that have allowed coaches to meet with them during the offseason. Because of that, Muschamp said they are "much more prepared coming in" compared to other teams he's coached.
"This is about my sixth time doing this, as far as implementing a new system," he said. "A lot of trial and error through those years, and figuring out probably the best ways to get things taught in a timely manner for the players."
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Another aspect that has helped ease the transition, Muschamp believes, was getting to observe Auburn's bowl practices. He was able to get a bit of a feel for the unit he was about to take over, looking for one attribute above all: work ethic.
"Good players, the ones I have been around, they like to work. They like practice. They enjoy that part of it. They enjoy the film," Muschamp said. "We’re all blessed in different ways and the guys that have obviously talent, but then on top of that the ability to work hard, that’s what you saw a lot of."