April 4, 2011
AUBURN - The Auburn football team continued its spring practices with a two-hour workout Monday morning at Hutsell-Rosen Track and the Auburn Soccer Complex.
The Tigers practiced in full pads in sunny and warm but windy conditions. It marked the eighth of 15 spring practices for the Tigers, pushing them past the halfway point of the spring season.
Monday`s practice began with special teams drills, before the Tigers moved on to individual and position drills. After more special teams and 7-on-7 drills, the offensive and defensive units worked against each other in the final periods.
Following practice, head coach Gene Chizik said that Monday's practice was a learning opportunity following an evaluation of Saturday's scrimmage at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
"We tried to go back after we evaluated the scrimmage and really hone in on some of the mistakes we were making," said Chizik. "We had a lot of improvements that were visible for our guys to see. Today was one of those days where we tried to circle back and get better at what we tried to accomplish in the scrimmage. I thought we made some more progress and moved forward."
Chizik also said both the offense and defense have been focusing on playing at a quick tempo.
"Trying to get a pace going offensively, and defensively being able to line up against a fast pace and still being able to play physically and aggressive on defense - that's a challenge. But we're moving in the right direction. I feel good about that.
"After evaluating, we know we have a long way to go, but again our guys are really doing a nice job. They're willing to work and press on."
The Tigers will return to the practice fields Wednesday at 8:45 a.m. CT.
Auburn's annual spring football game, A-Day, will be held Saturday, April 16 at 2 p.m. CT at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Tickets are $5 for general fans and free for AU students with an Auburn Ignited card. Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance to avoid waiting in line on April 16. To purchase tickets visit www.aubtix.com.
Join the "Team Behind the Team" by joining the Tigers Unlimited Football Ticket Priority Program. Gray Zone seating is available for the 2011 season. For more information or to join Tigers Unlimited visit www.tigersunlimited.com or call 855-AUB-2010, ext 2.