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Will Muschamp Talks Linebackers, Defensive Back Depth, Injuries, and Scoring Points

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Will Muschamp spoke to the media following Auburn's Thursday afternoon practice. All credit to the media who were present for the press conference.

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I can't say that I like hearing that there are inconsistencies on defense, but I still think we're going to be fine. We just have to keep reminding ourselves that this is not going to be a Top 10 defense just because Will Muschamp is the defensive coordinator. It's still going to struggle at times.

I don't know what to make of the linebacker battle. I really hope it's because Tre Williams, Justin Garrett, and Javiere Mitchell are pushing Frost and McKinzy hard for a spot. I think McKinzy is going to be a starter, but Frost may get pushed out. If that happens, I definitely hope it's because the player that takes the spot has just improved that much more than last year's starter.

Happy with Byron Cowart's performance? PUT HIM IN, COACH! I really can't wait to see Cowart and Lawson lined up on opposite ends of the defensive line.

Please let Tray Matthews' hamstring be ok. We really need him at full strength with the rest of the depth that we have. I think the comment that Countess would be Safety #3 speaks more to Countess' ability and Auburn's confidence in Josh Holsey and Jonathan Jones than as a knock on Nick Ruffin. The coaches know they'd be perfectly ok with Holsey and Jones at CB and Countess is more than capable (and has big-game experience) of handling the Safety role to ensure there's experience on the field at all positions.

You could take Muschamp's comment about scoring more points this time around at Auburn as a shot at Tuberville, but I don't think that's the way he meant it. Plenty of Tubs' teams could have scored a lot more points than they did. It just wasn't Tubs' philosophy to score as much as possible. The #TUBERSHELL was a very real thing, and it may have contributed to my developing an ulcer at a young age as I watched Auburn take a game in hand and then the opposing team slowly work their way back into it because we let the foot off the gas.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Will Muschamp says the inconsistency bothers him right now on defense.</p>&mdash; Jason Caldwell (@ITATJason) <a href="https://twitter.com/ITATJason/status/634499811132223489">August 20, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Muschamp: &quot;We take two steps forward and one step back.&quot;</p>&mdash; Ryan Black (@RyanABlack) <a href="https://twitter.com/RyanABlack/status/634499930627928065">August 20, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">&quot;We&#39;ll play the most consistent guys and the most productive guys.&quot;</p>&mdash; Sam Butler (@_sam_butler) <a href="https://twitter.com/_sam_butler/status/634500139516829697">August 20, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Muschamp says they are lacking some communication at linebacker right now.</p>&mdash; Jason Caldwell (@ITATJason) <a href="https://twitter.com/ITATJason/status/634500028829159425">August 20, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-cards="hidden" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Will Muschamp sounds happy with Byron Cowart&#39;s performance in the last two days of practices: <a href="http://t.co/YAxVCEi28s">http://t.co/YAxVCEi28s</a></p>&mdash; Brandon Marcello (@bmarcello) <a href="https://twitter.com/bmarcello/status/634500445470375936">August 20, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Muschamp praises &#39;Dirty Mike&#39; Sherwood and Aaron Garrison, the two walkons that earned scholarships.</p>&mdash; Sam Butler (@_sam_butler) <a href="https://twitter.com/_sam_butler/status/634500500117958658">August 20, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Muschamp says Blake Countess&#39; addition has been huge because they are repping him at corner, safety and nickel</p>&mdash; Jason Caldwell (@ITATJason) <a href="https://twitter.com/ITATJason/status/634500998107631616">August 20, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Muschamp says Tray Matthews is back on the field but they are taking it slowly with him</p>&mdash; Jason Caldwell (@ITATJason) <a href="https://twitter.com/ITATJason/status/634501471841710081">August 20, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Muschamp: &quot;I&#39;ve never been fast enough to pull my hamstring.&quot; Had been talking about Tray Matthews&#39; hamstring issues. <a href="http://t.co/ioQCaWUU1d">http://t.co/ioQCaWUU1d</a></p>&mdash; Ryan Black (@RyanABlack) <a href="https://twitter.com/RyanABlack/status/634501738695929856">August 20, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Auburn&#39;s Will Muschamp says he could decide some starters &quot;Sept. 5th about 2:28.&quot; Auburn opens the season against Louisville at 2:30</p>&mdash; Auburn Gold Mine (@AUGoldMine) <a href="https://twitter.com/AUGoldMine/status/634501376308064258">August 20, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-cards="hidden" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Will Muschamp likes Justin Garrett at Sam linebacker. &quot;He can play on the edge as well.&quot; <a href="http://t.co/YAxVCEi28s">http://t.co/YAxVCEi28s</a></p>&mdash; Brandon Marcello (@bmarcello) <a href="https://twitter.com/bmarcello/status/634501768165105664">August 20, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Muschamp says Justin Garrett can play inside and also on the edge (strongside linebacker)</p>&mdash; Jason Caldwell (@ITATJason) <a href="https://twitter.com/ITATJason/status/634501773881942016">August 20, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Muschamp, Travaris Robinson and Rodney Garner will the defensive coaches on the field during games. Lance Thompson in the press box.</p>&mdash; Sam Butler (@_sam_butler) <a href="https://twitter.com/_sam_butler/status/634502336283607040">August 20, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-cards="hidden" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Blake Countess, in addition to playing corner, is Auburn&#39;s third safety on the depth chart right now: <a href="http://t.co/YAxVCEi28s">http://t.co/YAxVCEi28s</a></p>&mdash; Brandon Marcello (@bmarcello) <a href="https://twitter.com/bmarcello/status/634502586167599104">August 20, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Will Muschamp on how things have changed since his last stop at Auburn: &quot;We&#39;re scoring more points on offense.&quot;</p>&mdash; John Zenor (@jzenor) <a href="https://twitter.com/jzenor/status/634502707815022593">August 20, 2015</a></blockquote>

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