December 28, 2009

Notebook: Wildcats to test Tiger secondary

A thin Auburn secondary should be put to the test against Northwestern Friday.

The Wildcats feature a wide open passing attack that usually employs four or five receivers led by first-team All-Big Ten quarterback Mike Kafka and second-team All-Big Ten receiver Zeke Markshausen.

"This is a lot more different than what we have seen," AU safety coach Tommy Thigpen said. "…It's going to be a challenge for our football team because there's a lot of route timing, a lot of times (Kafka) throws the ball to the receivers before they come out of their routes. They're a really polished football team."

A senior, Kafka has completed 65.7 percent of his passes for 2,898 yards and 12 touchdowns with seven interceptions. He's also rushed for 265 yards and seven more scores.

A senior and a former walk-on, Markshausen has caught 79 passes for 774 yards and three TD's.

"We've never seen a team that will spread you out as much as these guys do," Thigpen said. "If guys get gassed, we'll have to rotate some guys."

Injuries have really limited Auburn's ability to rotate backups into the secondary this season but a couple of players have returned to full speed for bowl practice in ...

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