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Auburn DC Johnson Bemoans Defensive Depth

gfx - they said itA real problem or a statement made to the press in order to motivate his players?  Or perhaps a bit of both?

That’s what Auburn fans must be wondering after their new defensive coordinator, Ellis Johnson, spilled the beans on what’s troubling him this spring:


“You can keep drawing up all these plays and defenses, but players at some point in time have got to make an impact play.  That’s what I really haven’t seen yet on the field…

Our first unit is way ahead of our second unit.  There’s a huge drop off.  That would be a point of concern right now.  I don’t think we’ve got four tackles.  I don’t think we’ve got four ends who play at a level we’ve got to have.  Hopefully by the end of spring we will.”


Johnson softened those comments a bit by adding: “I haven’t really seen anything that doesn’t look like it belongs on an SEC football field.  But I really haven’t seen a lot of impact players, just dominant, physical, one-on-one plays.  That’s something you want to see.”

Auburn has had a couple of key injuries along its D-line this spring and that must be factored into Johnson’s blunt assessment.  Still, those quotes are hardly what a fan wants to see/hear from his team’s defensive coordinator just 10 days before spring practice closes.



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