Aug. 19, 2009
AUBURN, Ala. -
The Auburn football team held its 16th practice of fall camp Wednesday evening, working out for two hours at the Athletics Complex practice fields.
The Tigers opened with special teams work before conducting individual and position drills. More special teams work followed mid-way through the practice, with the latter half of the workout focusing more on the offense and defense working as full units.
Following the practice, head coach Gene Chizik stated that he was pleased with the Tigers' effort during the workout.
"I thought today was a good practice," said Chizik. "I thought it was upbeat, with a little bit better tempo than last night. We worked a little bit more on situational things tonight, and overall, it was productive."
The Tigers practiced later than usual for the second straight day, with a 7 p.m. start time, and Chizik noted that the later starts have prevented missed class time as well as providing relief from the heat.
"We're just trying to evaluate everything," said Chizik. "It has helped with the class situation, and it's helped being a little cooler at night. I think all the way around, it's been a good move."
Auburn will return to the practice fields Thursday for another 7 p.m. practice.
The Tigers will open the 2009 season Sept. 5 vs. Louisiana Tech at Jordan-Hare Stadium. The game will kick off at 6 p.m. CT and be televised by ESPNU.
Quick Hit Q&A With Lee Ziemba
How have the first few scrimmages gone for you personally?
"They've gone well. We're taking everything that we've learned and putting it into a game situation while competing with our defense. There has been a lot of scheming going on both sides of the ball."
How have practices changed since school has been in session?
When Kendall Simmons and Marcus McNeill came around did you have opportunities to talk to them?
"Things have been a little less physical. We started watching film on Louisiana Tech yesterday. The coaches understand that we're now trying to balance football and school and get ready for the long season ahead."
"Absolutely. They are the reason that I wear No. 73. I look up to them both as people and as well as players. Kendall said he is going to try to come around more and I am really excited for that."
Did you know about Coach Malzahn in high school?
"Absolutely. I grew up about five minutes down the road from him, and we played against him. It was great."
What is your favorite Auburn tradition?
"I love going to Toomer's on a hot summer day for some lemonade and a milkshake."