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Auburn wants versatility on defense

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AUBURN, AL - It doesn't take a football genius to figure out college football offenses are changing, especially when it comes to their tempo.

Auburn is trying to make sure they're ready for anything this season. Defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson says the versatility of your defenders is becoming more and more important.

"If you're going to win a championship at Auburn, you're probably going to have to go through Georgia, LSU, and Alabama," Johnson said. "They're all power football teams. They're not spread. It's very difficult. From game to game, sometimes it changes quite a bit. But even those teams, they can spread the field, they all throw the ball extremely well, and they have great receivers. It's hard to play with the old prototype linebacker that can stop the run and is very much of a liability in coverage. They've got to be able to run these days."

One of the more versatile players on the roster is wide receiver turned defensive back Trovon Reed. He admits the transition has been tough at times.

"I thought it would be easy to mirror these guys," Reed said. "When the bullets are flying and everything is full speed, it gets hard. But I'm getting comfortable and I'm still learning."

It's clear Reed believes versatility is one of his greatest strengths. He said today, "If they want to put me at kicker, I'll compete with the kicker."


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