August 7, 2013

NAMEDROPPER: Hard-hitting scrimmage

AUBURN | When Gus Malzahn says there's no better way to evaluate quarterbacks than seeing them in true game situations, he's not joking.

He did that Wednesday.

The Auburn coach took the unusual step of making quarterbacks "live," thereby eligible to be tackled, during the team's 107-play scrimmage. The pass rush was able to inflict pain -- and Malzahn believes that specter can affect players in profound ways.

"Tackle football. Real football. Just like you're going to see the very first game," Malzahn said afterward. "The big thing is when you are evaluating guys, and you've got four of them, you have to narrow things down. The way to do that is to go live. (I've) done that before and I just felt like it was important to that now."

So what was learned?

Malzahn isn't saying.

Yet some defensive players provided some clues.

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