Auburn Coaches Focused Hard On Defense

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) -- Auburn's Gene Chizik says the coaches are
working "night and day" to fix the defense.

Considerable repair work is needed. The Tigers rank 117th out of
120 teams in total defense, giving up a whopping 534 yards a game.
That and an offense that hasn't been consistent shows they have
much bigger worries than the end of a 17-game winning streak.

Chizik says Auburn is going to simplify the defense to make
adjustments easier against fast-paced offenses like Clemson, which
beat Auburn 38-24. He says there won't be big personnel changes
except for injury, though some younger players could play bigger
roles.

Starting linebacker Jonathan Evans did not travel to the Clemson
game because of an undisclosed injury.

Auburn is last in the Southeastern Conference in six different
defensive categories.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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