Feb. 24, 2008
AUBURN, Ala. -
Auburn started 2008 spring practice in ideal weather conditions Sunday afternoon, working out for close to two hours in shorts at the practice fields behind the Athletics Complex. The Tigers will work in shorts again Tuesday morning before moving to full pads on Thursday.
Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville addressed the media following Sunday's opening workout and was pleased with the results from the first day.
"We had a good first day with good intensity," said Tuberville. "It was great weather. I think our guys came out in the right frame of mind."
Tuberville spent much of the first practice watching four quarterbacks who will be contending to replace three-year starter Brandon Cox. The quarterbacks will have their hands full learning the new spread offense being installed by first-year offensive coordinator Tony Franklin.
"I watched all of our quarterbacks and they did pretty well picking this stuff up," said Tuberville. "We only have a small portion of what we want to run from the bowl game, so we have a lot to do. I like what we are doing. Defensively, there's not a lot you can do without pads on."
Tuberville also noted that this year's squad is poised to possibly have even better leadership than in previous seasons.
"We have good leadership this year," said Tuberville. "I think this group will be some of the best leaders that we have had in the past three or four years. We have had good leadership up to this point, so that will make us even better.
"We have a chance to have a good football team. I think this group is gelled to do something special, but we really have to get through spring. You never want to make any predictions until you see what this group is about. But I like the attitude and that's where you start."
Auburn will practice Tuesday and Thursday mornings and again Friday afternoon and Saturday morning to conclude a busy first week of spring practice. Tuesday morning's practice is scheduled to begin at 7 a.m. CT.