April 15, 2013
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN — Coach Gus Malzahn hasn't announced the format of Saturday's A-Day Game in Auburn, but there's one thing he's sure of: It won't bring down the curtain on football practice.
Malzahn has canceled each of the last two scheduled Monday practices to save them for work after A-Day. The Tigers won't wrap up spring practice April 24, making Auburn the last SEC team to finish spring practice this year.
Seven SEC teams have already staged their spring games. The other seven spring games are this Saturday. But that'll be only practice 13 of 15 for the Tigers. The final two practices are next week.
For A-Day, "We're going to try to make it as game-like as possible, not only for ourselves but for our fans," Malzahn said.
Auburn isn't practicing today, which is a change of its original schedule, but will practice Wednesday, Friday, have the A-Day Game at 1 p.m. Saturday, then finish next Monday and Wednesday.
If last Saturday's scrimmage is any indication, Auburn will stress physical football in the final practices.
"That's who we're going to be. That's who Auburn is," Malzahn said. "We've been very physical up front, and that's been by design. I'm sure our guys, their bodies are probably talking to them, but we've got to get our hard-nosed edge back, and that's where it starts."
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