Aug. 11, 2007
The Auburn football team held its first scrimmage of the fall Saturday with a session just shy of two hours at Jordan-Hare Stadium in very warm conditions. The Tigers went for approximately 125 plays.
Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville and the remainder of the coaching staff had their first opportunity to see the 2007 team in a game-like setting. It also marked the first action in Jordan-Hare for several Tiger newcomers.
"It was a good scrimmage, but not great," Tuberville said. "It was a good day to get a lot of guys out there in the stadium and see what they can do and get a little nerves involved.
"It was a good effort. I thought we kind of lost our focus about half-way through and our leaders stepped up. That's what you look for, is for your leaders to step up. It was a little warm, but it's supposed to be warm this time of year."
Overall, Tuberville was pleased with the progress of the kicking game.
"I thought the kicking game was much better than I thought it was going to be," he said. "Our punters did a good job and our field goal kickers are stepping up."
Offensively, Tuberville noted that a few touchdowns were scored and praised the work of wide receiver Prechae Rodriguez.
"The quarterbacks ran the offense pretty well and the running backs ran hard," Tuberville said. "I thought the receivers played well at times and Prechae Rodriguez made a few good plays. We did score a few touchdowns which is better than we did last year in our first scrimmage. I thought the consistency was a little bit better. We started out a little slower on offense and picked it up as the day went along."
The scrimmage also featured the first team offense versus the first team defense as well as both second-team units squaring off.
"We did not hold the defense back," Tuberville said. "We've got a lot of speed, but we have a lot of guys beat up. We have some guys growing up. I really liked the leadership of Quentin Groves. He's getting the rest of them to play hard. Tray Blackmon played well, also."
Tuberville also announced that senior defensive lineman Tez Doolittle is out for the season after suffering an injury earlier in the week.
After practice, the Tigers participated in Fan Day presented by Golden Flake, which was attended by 5,000 Auburn fans. Lines began forming by 9:30 a.m. CT for the event, which started at 3 p.m.
The team will be back on the practice fields Sunday for a 7 p.m. CT workout in full pads.
Fan Day pictures are available at www.printroom.com/pro/auburnathletics.
The Tigers open the 2007 season on Sept. 1 against Kansas State in Jordan-Hare Stadium. ESPN will televise the game, which will kick off at 6:45 p.m.
Individual tickets to the Kansas State, South Florida, Mississippi State, New Mexico State, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss and Tennessee Tech games are currently available. To purchase tickets log on to www.autigertickets.com or call 1-800-AUB-1957.