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By Charles Goldberg
AuburnTigers.com

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.

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