Auburn Defense Prepare for First Game

There’s been no question about the growth of the Auburn defense this off-season.  They’re a unit under the direction of new coordinator Will Muschamp- a guy who’s brought intensity and support to the Auburn defense.

"We’ll be in the weight room and he comes in and he supported us," said defensive lineman Montravius Adams. "Just being around, it’s like showing that you care. It’s like you’re always there watching us and making sure we’re doing the right thing."

It’s Coach Muschamp’s second stint as an Auburn defensive coach. Back in 2006, his Auburn defense ranked 7th nationally in scoring. This time around, he’s taking over a defense that struggled in the latter half of last season, but it’s been a defense that’s grown during the off-season.

"We’ve got great confidence, great communication with the guys, we’ve been responding really well," said safety Rudy Ford. "We’re just bonding well with each other as a defensive unit everything is filling in to play."

The defense returns Tiger veterans like Jonathan Jones and Josh Holsey, as well as veteran transfers like Blake Countess and Tray Matthews… All guys who’ve taken on a leadership kind of role.

"You got a good combination of older players that have kind of been through the preparation, the game week, and they’ve really been a factor for the young players- those kids will play well," Muschamp said.

And many of the incoming freshman, especially defensive end Byron Cowart, should get used to playing at the college level. The third overall player in the class of 2015 is expected to see a lot of field time this fall.

"Byron’s gonna play," Muschamp said. "It doesn’t matter if it’s first down, second down, or third down. He’ll play in the game and he’s gonna play a lot."