March 25, 2011
AUBURN - The Auburn football team held its second practice of the 2011 spring season Friday morning, working out in helmets and shorts for more than two hours at Hutsell-Rosen Track and the Auburn Soccer Complex.
Friday's practice under sunny skies gave the Tigers another opportunity to take a look at the new squad that will work towards defending Auburn's 2010 BCS National Championships. The practice included individual and position drills, as well as 7-on-7 drills, as the Tigers continue preparing for the 2011 season.
Following practice, head coach Gene Chizik said he was pleased with the team's performance as the Tigers ready themselves to face the difficult task of defending a national title.
"Today we had a really good second practice," said Chizik. "We have a challenge in front of us. We're going to stay on track and continue to build the foundation of Auburn, no different than we did two years ago when we got here.
"We have a lot of young, inexperienced players. Today after practice we asked them to raise their hands if they've started six games or more at some point, and we didn't see very many hands go up."
Chizik also noted that with many spots on the depth chart open, the Tigers are looking for players to rise to the occasion.
"We're excited about where we're at in terms of guys really eager to step up to the plate because they know they have to, and our coaching staff has done a really good job of preparing these guys," said Chizik. "They have a great offseason conditioning program with Coach (Kevin Yoxall) in terms of physically getting stronger and faster, and Coach Yox has done a great job with them."
The Tigers will conclude the first week of spring practice with a 10 a.m. CT workout Saturday in Jordan-Hare Stadium. All practices are closed to the public.