March 23, 2012
AUBURN - The Auburn football team opened the 2012 spring practice season Friday morning, working out in helmets and shorts for more than two hours in the Indoor Practice Facility.
Friday's practice had a brisk pace as the Tigers took the field as a team for the first time since winning the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Dec. 31. The practice included individual and position drills, as well as special teams and situational drills, as the Tigers began preparing for the 2012 season.
Auburn head coach Gene Chizik was pleased with the energy and focus that his team brought to the first day of spring practice.
"I was pleased with how the team came out and got started today, I really feel like our players did a good job of focusing because they have been really excited about this," said Chizik. "They have been great at trying to learn new verbiage, concepts and things of that nature. Today was the first day that we were able to put it into action and it was a good day."
The practice was the first with new staff members Scott Loeffler (offensive coordinator), Willie Martinez (secondary) and Brian VanGorder (defensive coordinator). Chizik was excited to see his new staff members out on the practice field.
"I feel really confident in all the guys that I hire, they are true professionals," said Chizik. "It is fun to watch the new guys out there; Some new blood, some new life and I think the players like it as well. Overall, it was good for everyone to get that first day in."
The Tigers will conduct their second spring practice at 9:45 a.m. CT, Saturday. All practices are closed to the public.