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Auburn's offense shines in scrimmage

There's no such thing as playing too fast for Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn, who's been wanting to speed up the pace all preseason.

The Tigers did that on Tuesday night in their third scrimmage, and everybody agreed that it was a win for the offense.

"We're on the right track, and everything is running smoothly right now," said Auburn quarterback Cameron Newton, who threw three touchdown passes. "Not every day is going to be a great day, but we're trying to learn something every day. We're making nice strides."

Newton said he was able to get into a rhythm early in Tuesday's scrimmage. Two of his touchdown passes went to senior Kodi Burns, who continues to show up big this preseason for the Tigers. Newton's third touchdown pass was a screen play to senior running back Mario Fannin. Newton also lauded his offensive line.

"My job was easy because there weren't very many defenders around me," Newton said.

Freshman running back Michael Dyer got some of his most extensive work of the preseason and was especially impressive in being able to get to the second level with his speed.

The flip side of the scrimmage was that defensive coordinator Ted Roof said his guys missed too many tackles. And judging by Newton's comments, it doesn't sound like there was much pressure generated by the Tigers on defense. One of the highlights on that side of the ball was outside linebacker Daren Bates forcing a Fannin fumble.

It was Auburn's third scrimmage in the last six days. Senior safety Zac Etheridge has yet to participate in any of those scrimmages as the Tigers continue to be careful with him. He's coming back from a scary neck injury a year ago.

Here's a report on the scrimmage courtesy of the Auburn sports information staff.