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Gus Malzahn 'happy' with team as Auburn passes halfway point of spring

AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn still has seven more practices remaining before its spring wraps up. Last Saturday was session No. 8, which also doubled as the Tigers' first scrimmage. Just past the halfway point, Gus Malzahn had few complaints.

"I like our kids' attitude overall," Auburn's coach said. "I think all of them want to be coached. I think they're all trying to get their teammates to count on them, and the expectations are very high. Overall, I'm happy."

And despite having seven practices prior to Saturday, he thought the intrasquad affair in Jordan-Hare Stadium will end up being far more important going forward.

"Usually you find out more from one scrimmage going 90 plays than you do two or three practices of thud, tempo and just kind of mixing and matching," Malzahn said. "I think after the evaluation of this scrimmage, I think offensively and defensive we'll have a really good judge of at least where we're at and what we need to focus on the last half of practice."