Aug. 4, 2012
AUBURN -- The Auburn Tigers worked out Saturday afternoon in helmets and shoulder pads, undergoing their fourth team practice of the 2012 preseason at the Auburn Athletics Complex Practice Fields, a two-hour session.
Coach Gene Chizik was pleased with the effort and improvement on display.
"I really thought today was another good day," Chizik said. "I don't think we took any steps backwards. I still think there's a lot of learning going on, but overall I'm very pleased again. They're tired, and tomorrow we have the day off, which I think comes at the right time. They're pushing through it, and I thought the energy level was up. They were very focused. It was four productive days before our first day off, so that's a good thing.
"Today, we did a little more blitz, putting some blitz pick-up in for the first time. There's going to be some great teaching off of that. We emphasized some third downs today.
"We had a lot of young guys in there trying to pick up a lot of stuff. Overall, even with the new things that we did today, I thought it was really good.
"I feel like there was a lot of leadership this summer, apparently; we don't have a lot of seniors that start, but we have some guys that have had some good successes. I think that's turning into the leadership and the cohesiveness that you need from guys like Philip Lutzenkirchen and Onterio (McCalebb) and guys like that. It's coming along."
After an off day Sunday, Auburn returns to the practice field Monday afternoon for its first workout in full pads. The Tigers open the season Saturday, September 1, facing Clemson in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at Atlanta's Georgia Dome.