Aug. 8, 2008
The Auburn football team practiced for more than two hours under cooler temperatures Friday morning at the intramural fields. The team worked out in full pads for the third straight day in preparation for Saturday's scrimmage.
After having storms interrupt practices over the previous two days, sunny skies and temperatures in the 80s Friday were a welcomed relief. The Tigers took full advantage of the conditions with a longer practice, starting with special teams work before focusing on individual and group drills. The squad finished practice with team work followed by field goals.
"It was a good practice today," said head coach Tommy Tuberville. "We were out here a long time, but we're only going once today. We had a good tempo. We worked a lot on some goal-line stuff on offense and defense. It's a little bit different goal-line defense for us in terms of what we're going to see. I thought it was good work. The guys did a good job. Now we just have to have a good scrimmage tomorrow."
The Tigers will hold their first scrimmage of the season Saturday at 8:45 a.m. in Jordan-Hare Stadium. The scrimmage, which is closed to the media and the public, will simulate game conditions and help the coaching staff get a look at a lot of younger players.
"Tomorrow we have our mid-term exam in terms of a scrimmage," said Tuberville. "We have to get something done and find out where some of these younger guys are at. We'll have meetings this afternoon and walk-throughs, and basically tell them what plays and formations they're going to run on offense, and defenses and coverages on that side of the ball. We won't run everything that we've been practicing. We just want to see the speed of the game and try to get it going.
"We've got SEC officials that will be here. We'll run the 40-second clock for the first time officially the way it's going to be run, so it will be a game situation. We also have to get a good look at our kicking game."
Auburn's season opener is August 30 when the Tigers host Louisiana-Monroe at 6 p.m. at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Single-game tickets are available for the Louisiana-Monroe, Southern Miss, Arkansas and Tennessee-Martin home games. To purchase tickets visit www.auburntigers.com or call 800-AUB-1957.