Chad Slade and Dee Ford
April 6, 2012
AUBURN -- The Auburn football team practiced nearly two hours Friday morning in shorts, working on installations and fundamentals prior to Saturday morning's closed scrimmage at Jordan-Hare Stadium. It was the Tigers' ninth workout of spring drills.
"There were a lot of good things about this morning," said a pleased defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder. "I really enjoyed the design of practice, the situations we're giving our guys. (They're learning) how to play situational football, which is really critical. Within the fundamentals of the game, we're seeing some improvements."
Looking ahead to Saturday's scrimmage, VanGorder said, "I think there are two areas right now where we need to concentrate. We need to cut down mental errors throughout positions, and directly tied into that, we can't give up the explosive plays. I'd like to see that not happen in this scrimmage."
Auburn offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler said, "Right now, where I think we are, the birds are going to the right spots, it's how we're getting to those right spots.
"We need to continue with our fundamental work, we need to continue with our technique, but generally speaking, the guys are picking up the system quite well. We just need to really focus on these last four or five days working on fundamentals and improving our technique."
In Saturday's scrimmage, Loeffler and the offense are looking for "toughness, which is standard. We're going to try to go out there and establish some toughness and mentality. The defense is going to go out there and try to stop the run, and we're going to try to run the ball.
"It will be a great evaluation to see where we're at after 10 days. But we're looking for toughness, we're looking for mentality, we're looking to be able to run the offense without coaches being out there. It will be a great learning experience for all involved."
Just one week remains until A-Day on Sat., April 14, when Auburn will unveil statues commemorating the school's three Heisman Trophy winners, Pat Sullivan, Bo Jackson, and Cam Newton, in a ceremony at 10 a.m. CT prior to Auburn's annual spring game. The ceremony will take place on the east side of Jordan-Hare Stadium, where each statue will be permanently located. Sullivan, Jackson and Newton are scheduled to be in attendance for the event.
A-Day 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 14. 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 2012 season. For more information or to join Tigers Unlimited visit www.tigersunlimited.com or call 855-AUB-2010, ext 2.