By Ethan Bernal
Special to the Advertiser
AUBURN – After struggling to grasp Auburn defensive coordinator Brian Van Gorder’s new system, the linebacker Jake Holland said they made some improvements in Wednesday’s scrimmage.
“We’re getting our alignments, we getting our coverage and we’re stopping the run,” Holland said. “I was excited how we kept our composure throughout the practice and scrimmage as we got tired.”
Holland said he was pleased with his play, but knows there is still plenty of work to do.
“I had one of my best days since I’ve been here in this system,” Holland said. “We are learning a new defense and we’ve just got to get in the film room every day. We’ve got to work on our situational concepts. We just have to keep working on it and get better.”
One of those problems was allowing too many big plays.
“We stopped the run pretty well,” linebacker Daren Bates said. “There were just a few explosive plays that hurt us.”
Holland is working to make sure the Tigers don’t get burned like they did last season.
“That’s one of the things that happened to us last year,” Holland said. “I think we averaged nine explosive plays a game and that’s just unheard of. It’s definitely mental mistakes. We just have to keep studying, keep grinding and keep repping things out. We have to get that covered.”
Walking the line: After suffering an injury to his throwing shoulder in the spring, quarterback Clint Moseley has been working to get back to full speed. Moseley was limited in Wednesday’s scrimmage, but hopes to be back to 100 percent sooner rather than later.
“It’s a little sore, I’m not going to lie, but it’s getting better with therapy,” Moseley said. “I’m doing therapy two, three times a day. I had an MRI and the big man himself, Dr. (James) Andrews, came in and said it was good. Its just inflamed and tendonitis.”
While Moseley knows he is missing out on valuable reps, he doesn’t want to push too hard too soon.
“It’s definitely a fine line that I’m trying to balance on,” Moseley said. “It’s a little frustrating to find that perfect medium. For example in practice and I need to make a throw: Is it going to hurt me? How important of a throw is it? What drill is it? That’s what all really factors in to me throwing.”
Taking the day off: Auburn took Thursday off following Wednesday’s scrimmage. The team will hold two practices today and a scrimmage on Saturday that is closed to the media.