Aug. 2, 2007
The Auburn football team spent its first day of preseason practice on the Intramural Fields Thursday. Freshmen and a select group of veterans worked out for a little more than two hours in the morning, then observed the afternoon practice as the rest of the team spent two hours practicing for the first time in preparation for the regular season.
The two practice sessions enabled the Tigers' younger players to get accustomed to the day-to-day routine. Much of the first workout was spent on individual position drills, but toward the end, coaches called the entire group together for defensive and offensive work.
"We wanted to be able to get a lot of reps with the younger guys," Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville said after the morning workout. "We want to see what they do and how they do it."
The afternoon practice featured most of Auburn's returning players, which includes 24 players who started in at least one game for the Tigers last season. The team has 17 seniors on the 2007 roster.
The veterans' workout also lasted two hours. Much like the morning workout, the veterans spent the afternoon in shorts and helmets only as the first practice in full pads is scheduled for Aug. 6.
"There's not a lot to talk about with no pads on, but there was a lot of emotion and enthusiasm," Tuberville said. "That's what we needed the first day. We have a lot of work to do but we have four weeks to get ready."
On Friday, the team will repeat the schedule from Thursday. Freshmen and selected veterans will work out at 10 a.m. CT, followed by the rest of the team at 4:30 p.m. Both practices will be held at the Intramural Fields.
Auburn's Fan Day Presented by Golden Flake is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 11 from 3-5 p.m. CT at Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum. Admission is free.
The Tigers' 2007 season opener is scheduled for Sept. 1 against Kansas State at Pat Dye Field at Jordan-Hare Stadium. The game, which kicks off at 6:45 p.m. CT, will be seen live nationally on ESPN.