August 8, 2012

Inconsistency blemishes Auburn's first scrimmage

AUBURN -- The Tigers' first scrimmage of fall practice ended Wednesday night with one word flowing from the lips of every coach.
The offense, which relied chiefly on sophomore quarterback Kiehl Frazier, broke only a few runs of note and didn't create much with the pass until the second-team defense was summoned. The run defense was strong for the most part, though junior tailback Onterio McCalebb broke free for a long touchdown run early in the 65-play scrimmage.

Good things happened. Bad things happened. That's why everyone with a whistle keeps pleading for more skillful play from snap to snap.

"Our effort is where it needs to be, but our execution is not," coach Gene Chizik said. "Overall, the message from today will be inconsistency. I expect it to be much cleaner on Saturday."

So who performed well?

Even defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder, who isn't one to shower compliments, said his first-team defense played well against the run for most of the afternoon. Yet McCalebb's play and a few more second-level runs wrecked what could have been a dominating performance.

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