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College Football 2011: Auburn Mid Way Spring Practice Outlook

TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 26:  T'Sharvan Bell #22 of the Auburn Tigers sacks quarterback Greg McElroy #12 of the Alabama Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 26, 2010 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  McElroy was injured on this sack.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Kevin McGradySenior Writer IApril 3, 2011

With Auburn having so much turnover this year on both offense and defense, there simply has not been much in the way of accurate information flowing from the team. They held their first scrimmage of the season in Jordan-Hare stadium Saturday. The scrimmage was closed to the media.

There are some tidbits that can be collected from various reports of different players upon completion of the scrimmage. These are simply impressions, and should not be considered as rock solid at this point.


There is no shortage of playmakers at any of the receiving positions. It appears that DeAngelo Benton, Emory Blake and Trovon Reed are somewhat ahead of the rest of the pack. The question is not with the passing game, but in downfield blocking at this point.


Barrett Trotter seems to orchestrate the running game better at this point, but Clint Moseley is learning and moving forward quickly. It appears Auburn will have two very sound quarterbacks for 2011.

Offensive Line

There has been some very dominant play out of this group. There has also been some very substandard play. One thing is evident: This group has the potential to do well against any defensive front seven in the nation. The battle for starting center wages on.  

Defensive Tackles

There is little news of the progress or lack of progress at this position so far. With a new defensive line coach, this is to be expected.


There is little news to report on this position. This is likely due to no media access to practices or scrimmages. There will likely be very little solid information on the front seven until fall practice.

Defensive Backs

The defensive backs are already better this year than they were last season. Expect this unit to continue to improve and be very solid by the fall.

Running Back

Mike Dyer and Onterio McCalebb are very solid. Anthony Morgan is still awkward and not comfortable with handoffs from the current quarterbacks.


The Auburn Tigers are ahead of where they were in 2010 in many areas, but behind in some more. They will certainly have a very strong and successful season, but it will take time to see how successful. 

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