March 29, 2009
The Auburn football team held its fourth practice of the spring season Sunday afternoon at the practice fields behind the Athletics Complex, working out for two hours in full pads. It marked an end to the first week of spring practice under first-year coach Gene Chizik.
It was the second workout in full pads for the Tigers, and the practice included a heavy dose of full contact. Auburn opened with special teams work, before moving to individual and group drills. The Tigers worked together as a team through many of the latter periods.
Following practice, offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn said the Tigers have shown improvement through the first week and are showing signs of grasping the new offense.
"We're throwing a lot at them," Malzahn said. "We're not only throwing a lot at them, we're throwing a pace at them and they're going to have to recover. It usually takes a couple of weeks before they can get to where they can actually recover, and mentally be able to rebound for the next play. We're putting a lot of stress on them, but we'll keep after them."
Meanwhile, defensive coordinator Ted Roof stressed after practice that the Tigers need to demonstrate the desire to get better during each practice this spring.
"We were better today," said Roof. "We made strides and that's what we have to do. We have to improve every day and we have to come out with the attitude that we have to improve every day. We can't afford any missed opportunities and we have to make sure that the attitude is to get better."
Auburn will return to the Athletics Complex practice fields on Tuesday, beginning its second week of spring practice under the lights at 7 p.m. CT.