Auburn Football 2010: August 14 Scrimmage Team Shows Solid Improvement

Kevin McGradySenior Writer IAugust 14, 2010

AUBURN, AL - NOVEMBER 27:  Terrell Zachery #81 (L) of the Auburn Tigers celebrates his touchdown against the Alabama Crimson Tide with Darvin Adams #89 at Jordan-Hare Stadium on November 27, 2009 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Saturday, August 14, 2010 was the day for the second Auburn scrimmage of fall practice. Coach Gene Chizik seemed positive about progress over the first scrimmage. (Note: The first scrimmage was very positive.)

Coach Chizik commented, “I thought today was a great step in the right direction.”

Jonathan Mincy, a true freshman, is pushing for playing time as the punt returner. His primary competition at this point seems to be Quindarius Carr. This has been a concern for the team in the past. It seems to be headed in a positive direction this year.

Trovon Reed got some reps as the wildcat quarterback. This was great news after he missed some practice time due to an injury this week. Coach Chizik gave him some praise, “Trovon Reed did some really nice things.”

Antonio Goodwin, Emory Blake, and Reed were mentioned positively by receivers coach Trooper Taylor. Kodi Burns also ran some productive wildcat offensive plays.

Cameron Newton ran the majority of quarterback plays. Barett Trotter was also responsible for a score.

The scrimmage ended even with neither offense nor defense getting the upper hand.

Coach Chizik seemed pleased that mistakes were decreased when compared to the first scrimmage.


Coach Roof and coach Rocker mentioned the positive leadership of Mike Blanc, Nick Fairley, and Antoine Carter. This unit is proving to be a handful for the experienced Auburn offense.

The team ran about 70 plays today in what ended as a 48 to 48 draw in the coaches complex scoring system. Trovon Reed was the most mentioned player from the scrimmage. He reportedly broke a couple of big plays.

Coach Chizik explained why the freshmen and backups are getting so many reps in scrimmage; he said they must figure out their depth at each position. They know what the starters will do, but must learn how the other players will perform.

There was only one penalty reported for the scrimmage today. It was a holding call picked up by coach Grimes. It wasn’t caught by the officials.

Kicker Wes Byrum had an exceptional scrimmage hitting some long field goals. He looks to be picking up right where he left off in 2009.


Great Quotes courtesy of the Auburn Official Athletic Site.

Andrew Gribble

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The Birmingham News