Scrimmage stuff, 8/22
STAGE ONE: THE BASICS
- The scrimmage was situational in nature. Drives were staged. No coaches would identify what went well and what didn't. The season is drawing near.
- They apparently did not keep score. No winners were revealed.
- There was no tackling per se. Defenders were instructed to hit, wrap up and let go.
- Both Ted Roof and Gus Malzahn said they're at least "90 percent" sure of their two-deep rotations.
- Ted Roof was in a great mood today. Maybe that means the defense played well.
- Two coaches spent the scrimmage in the press box: Curtis Luper and Phillip Lolley. It's expected to stay that way.
- Chris Todd played, but wouldn't discuss what kind of day he had. The season is drawing near.
- We do know that WR Anthony Gulley made a one-handed catch that wowed the crowd. That's what CB Walt McFadden said and I believe him.
- We do know that TB Onterio McCalebb had a long run. That's what McFadden said and I believe him.
STAGE TWO: POTENT QUOTABLES
- Gus Malzahn on why he coaches from the sideline: "I've always been on the field. And I can at least see the field fairly good because that's what I'm used to. I like being there with that quarterback and looking him in the eye. A lot of times you can really read your quarterback and, for that matter, read your whole offense when you're down there."
- Walt McFadden on Anthony Gulley's memorable grab: ``He made a great a play -- a one-handed catch. It was so pretty. It was like a post-corner ball. Todd put it out there thinking Gulley was 6-foot-7. He reached out with those long arms and made a great play. It looked like two fingers."
- Ted Roof on the scrimmage: ``I thought it was good for us – good for our staff, our kids as far as our awareness and where we fit things, communication and all those things that go into being good. We didn’t take anybody down, but we still swarmed the football and tried to get the ball out."
- Chizik, asked if there were any offensive standouts: ``I don't really look at it that way. I thought we had a couple nice catches in there. I think Gulley had a really nice catch on time during the two-minute drill. But that really wasn't the kind of day it was. A lot of it was against a scout-team look, what we call the berets. It really wasn't a chance or opportunity for that to occur."
Photo credit: Todd Van Emst/Auburn University