Auburn’s Bryan Harsin After First Scrimmage: ‘We Have A Ways To Go’

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Auburn recently held its first scrimmage of the Bryan Harsin era during the coach’s first spring camp on The Plains.

Harsin said the team will get together and go through what needs to be corrected, but mentioned there were some good things and plenty to work on.

“I felt like the guys’ energy was good, the competitive side of things,” Harsin said. “There were some good things out there and plenty of things we need to work on and get better at in all areas.”

He said when the team goes live for the scrimmages, the results don’t lie.

“You get a chance to see who can tackle, who can break tackles,” Harsin said. “Guys were competing, guys did play hard, guys showed effort. Now it’s about how do we clean some of the details up.”

Harsin said Auburn’s defense delivered a pair of takeaways during the scrimmage held Thursday in the second half of two-and-a-half-hour practice.

“Defense gets on it, they’re hustling to the ball. I thought that was good to see from the defensive side,” he said. “You end up with a really difficult situation with third and a long ways to go and that’s hard on the offense. The defense executed and made plays and put the offense in those positions at times.”

Harsin arrived following the firing of Gus Malzahn in December.

As the team transitions to new schemes on both sides of the ball, he preached the importance of defending Jordan-Hare Stadium to his players.

“This is our stadium. This is our stadium,” Harsin said in the video. “All right? This should be the toughest place to play in the country…”

“We should take tremendous pride every time we step on this field … All we do is win at home. That is what we do. And you come into our house, you got no chance. You got no chance. And we start and we play like that from start to finish, and you’re gonna know you play this, the most physical team every time we play at home. Everybody got it?”

Auburn Athletics said the team will take next week off from practice, then return for two weeks of workouts leading up to A-Day on April 17.

Written by Megan Turner

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