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AUBURN — Maybe it's that whole let's-downplay-how-good-we-are tactic, but if it's not, Auburn has a long way to go, the coaching staff said after reviewing film of the team's Friday scrimmage.

Offensive coordinator Al Borges is glad the season doesn't begin for another two weeks.

"I'm glad we don't play tomorrow. We made a lot of mistakes," Borges said. "We've got to do a better job of making plays. We dropped five passes. If you drop five passes, you're going to be in long down and distances constantly and you're going to lose."

Borges, surprisingly, was the only one who made the scrimmage sound downright depressing. While defensive coordinator Will Muschamp and head coach Tommy Tuberville by no means made it sound like it was the perfect practice, they were more complimentary of the team's performance.

"I thought we had a lot of great effort. We tackled for the most part pretty well," Muschamp said. "We had good execution at times. ... But the mistakes we made are all correctable. And that's the most promising thing. The kids played hard for the entire scrimmage."

Added Tuberville: "After watching the scrimmage, there were a lot more good things that happened this time than the last scrimmage."

Injury report: Finding players these days to practice at Auburn is like trying to find a needle in a haystack. So many players are injured or sitting out as a precaution right now that Tuberville has described his team as a M.A.S.H. unit.

Sitting out of Saturday's practice were offensive tackle King Dunlap (back), cornerbacks Jonathan Wilhite (wrist) and Walter McFadden (cramps), center Jason Bosley (ankle), safety Zach Etheridge (hip pointer), guards Leon Hart (abdominal strain) and Tyronne Green (flu-like symptoms), and linebackers Merrill Johnson (ankle) and Will Herring (hamstring). They're all day-to-day.

Receiver Courtney Taylor (knee), cornerback David Irons (hamstring) and linebacker Karibi Dede (shoulder) participated in non-contact drills

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