March 11, 2008
AUBURN -- The Auburn football team returned to the practice fields Tuesday morning after a three-day layoff with a two hour and 15 minute session on the Athletic Complex practice fields in full pads. It was the Tigers ninth practice of spring drills and first since last Friday.
"It's nice to be back on the practice field," Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville said following practice. "We had a good practice. We're starting to work a little bit more on special teams.
We started out this morning with special teams and put more emphasis on that."
The 22-period practice saw a majority of the practice dedicated to individual position work and special teams and was wrapped up by team work.
After practice Tuberville addressed the progress of the defense under new coordinator Paul Rhoads and singled out the play of sophomore safety Michael McNeil.
"The defense is getting better," Tuberville said. We've made a lot of improvement in terms of knowing what we're doing on defense. A lot of younger guys are stepping up. Michael McNeil has really showed up and is making some plays. He's going to be a factor for us next year. We'll practice again Thursday morning then take a week off for spring break."
Auburn will practice on Thursday, March 13 at 7 a.m. CT on the practice fields before taking off the following week for Spring Break.