March 28, 2007

Groves excited about young players

Auburn's 2007 defense will be built around the considerable skills of All-American defensive end Quentin Groves.

But during AU's recently concluded spring practice, Groves barely made an impact, at least in the three scrimmages and A-Day as he mostly watched his younger teammates from the sidelines.

That was especially tough during A-Day and the final scrimmage last week as the offense ran up and down the field against a defense depleted by injuries.

Groves was injury-free this spring but the defensive coaches held him out of most of the scrimmage snaps to better evaluate and teach a number of redshirt freshmen and underclassmen that will have to contribute this season.

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