Auburn Football Practice Report
Mario Fannin

Aug. 21, 2009

AUBURN, Ala. - The Auburn football team held its 18th practice of fall camp Friday evening, holding a 100-minute workout at the Athletics Complex practice fields just before the rains arrived.

Auburn focused much more on special teams during Friday's workout, spending nearly half of the practice on that aspect of the game. The offense and defense split into separate units for the remainder of practice.

The Tigers worked out in shorts and shoulder pads. With the team's third scrimmage of the month scheduled for Saturday, Friday's practice featured less contact than typical.

Following the practice, head coach Gene Chizik stated that although the team may or may not hold a fourth scrimmage, it was vital to prepare for Saturday's scrimmage as though it will be the team's last before the season opener.

"We need that last scrimmage mentality," said Chizik. "We're going to decide after that if there's room to do it again. It's going to be situational. There's going to be a lot of things special teams-wise that we have to cover. We're two weeks out tomorrow, so we've got to do a lot of situations. That's the idea behind tomorrow."

Auburn's scrimmage on Saturday will be held at Jordan-Hare Stadium beginning at 9:15 a.m. The scrimmage is closed to the public.

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.