Aug. 18, 2011
AUBURN - The 19th-ranked Auburn football team returned to the practice fields Thursday evening, working out for almost two hours in shorts and shells.
The Tigers opened with special teams work before breaking off into position drills. The team went inside the new indoor practice facility for the last 30 minutes of practice, doing offense-versus-defense situational work.
"We had a really good practice today, it was a very focused practice, the effort was really, really good," said Auburn head coach Gene Chizik. "It was just another day in preparing for Sept. 3."
Chizik also touched on the decision to name junior Barrett Trotter as the team's starting quarterback on Thursday.
"It is a tough situation because you have guys that have worked so hard and there is some disappointment in there, as you would expect from guys who compete so hard," said Chizik. "As we evaluated the whole process, we named Barrett the starter because we feel like that gives us the best chance to win. It is a great opportunity for him to write his own story and we feel very confident in his ability to keep out standards extremely high and win."
The Tigers will return to practice at 4:40 p.m., Friday for its final practice before Saturday's scrimmage. The scrimmage will be the final one of fall camp before moving in to game-week preparations.
The Tigers will open the 2011 season Sept. 3 vs. Utah State at Jordan-Hare Stadium. The game will be televised on either ESPN or ESPN2 with kickoff set for 11 a.m. CT.
Full season tickets for the 2011 season are sold out. A limited number of lower level mini season tickets and individual game tickets are available. For information or to purchase visit auburntigers.com or call 1-855-282-2010.