Aug. 9, 2009
The Auburn football team conducted its fifth practice of the 2009 season late Sunday afternoon, working out for more than two hours under sunny skies on the Athletic Complex practice fields.
The Tigers practiced in helmets and shorts Sunday in an effort to avoid injuries and to keep the team fresh prior to the first day of two-a-days Monday. The team will go to full pads for the first time during Monday's first practice.
Following practice, head coach Gene Chizik stated that he was pleased with the team's effort once again.
"I thought we had a really good day today," said Chizik. "There was a lot of energy for it being day five. Typically at this time they're worn down a good bit, and not that they're not a little bit gassed, but I thought the energy level was really good for it being this deep into camp. I'm really excited about what happened today, because it was a good job."
The team practiced as one unit for the second day in a row after starting the week with three split-squad practices. The workout began with some special teams work and stretching before the Tigers moved on to individual and group work. After another special teams session in the middle of practice, the offense and defense worked as full units through much of the latter stages of practice, including several team periods to close the practice.
The Tigers will return to the practice fields Monday with two workouts. The first is scheduled to begin at 10:15 a.m. CT, while the second is slated for 5:20 p.m.
Auburn will open the 2009 season on Sept. 5 when the Tigers host Louisiana Tech at Jordan-Hare Stadium. The game is scheduled for 6 p.m. CT and will be televised by ESPNU.
Quick Hit Q&A With D'Antoine Hood
How did today's practice go?
Are you excited for the start of two-a-days?
"Today went really well. I am just starting to get the hang of playing different spots on the field. Overall though today was very good and we'll see how things continue to go tomorrow with two-a-days."
"As a player? Not particularly, but we know as players that it is a necessary. Two-a-days is when we put the meat of our defense in and the practices when everybody starts jelling with everybody and getting to know each others tendencies."
Is the excitement building for the first game yet?
"The excitement has been building for awhile now. We want to put last season behind us, and just look forward to the future. I am definitely ready for the first game."
Have you received any advice from your cousin, NFL player and former Auburn Tiger Roderick Hood?
"I have always received a lot of tips from Rod. Every summer we train and watch film together and work on technique. We might train with people like Terrell Owens and work on cover three and things like that, but every year we like to do something different. This summer was boxing, where we worked on our hands and just try to take my body to the next level where nobody else can be. He helps me every step of the way."