March 31, 2010
AUBURN, Ala. - The Auburn football team held its fifth practice of the spring season Wednesday morning, working out for more than two hours under sunny skies at the Athletics Complex practice fields.
Wednesday's practice included more of a focus on special teams than previous workouts. The Tigers also continued to work on individual and position drills, and mixed in a heavy dose of team work.
Following practice, defensive coordinator Ted Roof said that he has noticed a marked improvement from the Tigers this spring, compared to last year when the team was learning a new system under a new staff.
"I think that we're a lot further ahead at this point than we were last year," said Roof. "I think it's the continuity with the staff, it's the second year in the system with the players, and we're working to get it better now that they've heard it and the newness of things has worn off."
Offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn agreed with that assessment and has noticed similar improvement with his offensive unit.
"The veterans definitely have a better understanding, as they should," said Malzahn. "Our expectations are a lot higher, though. We're just trying to focus on the little things. We're trying to be demanding on the guys and strain them so they can be as good as they can be."
The Tigers will return to the practice fields Friday morning at 9 a.m. CT.
Auburn's annual A-Day game will be held on Saturday, April 17, at 1 p.m. CT in Jordan-Hare Stadium. Tickets are $5 for general fans and free for AU students with an Auburn Ignited card.
All tickets are general admission and can be purchased prior to game day at the Auburn Ticket Office located in Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., and on game day beginning at 8 a.m. In addition, fans can order tickets on-line through the Auburn Ticket Office website. On-line sales will continue through April 9.
Beginning April 9, tickets will also be available at Anders Bookstore, Big Blue Bookstore, J&M Bookstore (both locations), Tiger Rags and the University Bookstore.
A free post-game autograph session with Coach Gene Chizik, the Auburn coaching staff and players will be held on Pat Dye Field inside Jordan-Hare Stadium following the game.