Auburn Football Practice Report


Aug. 18, 2009

Auburn, Ala. - After taking Sunday and Monday off the Auburn football team returned to the practice fields Tuesday night with a practice session that ran just short of two hours.

After a two-day break from practice, head coach Gene Chizik did not detect any lingering signs of rust from the Tigers.

"We got back into the swing of things tonight," Chizik said. "I thought it went pretty well. We knocked a little bit of the rust off during the first few minutes of practice. Overall, we had a nice tempo and I thought we got better today."

Coming off of Saturday's scrimmage, Chizik noted the improved play of the Tigers particularly the offensive line.

"There were a lot of good things," Chizik said. "I think we really made some strides offensively. The offensive line played in a physical manner and showed some flashes of where we would like them to be. We're still coming together. Obviously there are a lot of things we need to work on to get better."

Auburn began practice at 7 p.m. Tuesday in order to give players an opportunity to get acclimated to their class schedules.

"We're doing this until we get everyone's class schedules in order," Chizik noted. "Normally we'll practice during the afternoon. But this week (the first week of class) there's a lot of dropping and adding classes and getting things worked out, that we thought this was best."

Auburn will practice again at 7 p.m. Wednesday. All practices are closed to the public. Auburn's season opener is slated for Sept. 5, when the Tigers host Louisiana Tech at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. CT and the game will be televised live on ESPNU.