Gus Malzahn talks about Auburn's first scrimmage

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      By Charles

      AUBURN Quarterbacks Kiehl Frazier and Jonathan Wallace said they handled a quicker pace in Saturday scrimmage. {}

      Gus Malzahn said, "We had a good one today."{}

      The scrimmage in Jordan-Hare Stadium featured mostly running, Malzahn said, but Frazier and Wallace each managed more than 20 passes each. His assessment? {}

      "When you play quarterback, and you're mixing and matching different personnel, it's really hard to look really good in a scrimmage," he said. {}

      But the coaches wanted different looks, different personnel, and the quarterbacks had to adjust. {}

      "We tried to get our guys in different situations," he said. {}

      No, he said no one "group" stood out. But safety Justin Garrett continued his hot spring at the new, hybrid safety position.{}

      "He made a couple of big hits again. He's setting the tone for the defense," Malzahn said.{}

      Corey Grant and junior college transfer Cameron Artis-Payne got most of the carries at running back. Tre Mason, he of a 1,000 yards last season, didn't scrimmage because of minor injury earlier in the week.{}

      Malzahn's reaction to Grant and Artis-Payne? Coach-like.{}

      "They're getting to understand our blocking schemes better," he said.