Aug. 5, 2008
AUBURN- The Auburn football team went through a 20-period practice in shells Tuesday devoting a majority of the practice to position work before spending the last four periods on team and kicking.
Head coach Tommy Tuberville spoke to the media following practice and was pleased with the team's effort, singling out the defensive line.
"Today was probably one of our better practices," Tuberville said. "Guys bounced around good. The defensive line is doing a good job of coming off the line of scrimmage. The young guys make a difference in terms of having a little bit of depth. Cameron Henderson and Jomarcus Savage are really going to be good players - two guys I watched a little bit today."
The Tigers will hold their first full pads session on Wednesday beginning at 4:45 p.m. CT.
"We're trying to get them all ready for a scrimmage on Saturday. We're not really going to go any two-a-days between now and then. We're going to have some walk-throughs, but we'll really go one time a day. Tomorrow we start full pads. It will be the same kind of practice."
Tuberville did address the status of defensive back Aairon Savage and wide receiver Charles Olatunji, both who were injured during Monday's practice.
"Aairon Savage - still really don't know how bad his knee is." Tuberville said. "They're taking him out of town tomorrow and could possibly operate on it, but we'll have to wait and see. There's no reason to speculate on that. Charles (Olatunji) broke his clavicle and they're going to fix it, and he'll be back soon."
Tuberville also noted the work by the quarterbacks and receivers.
"We worked a lot on blitz drill the last couple of days. One thing about this offense is you get a lot of blitzes, and it's paying off. We're getting the ball deep down the field, the receivers are catching the ball, and the quarterbacks are throwing it well."
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