Aug. 22, 2007
AUBURN - With the 2007 season opener just 10 days away, the Auburn football team practiced for two hours in full pads Wednesday on the Athletics Complex practice fields.
Wednesday's workout focused heavily on team drills, with the first and second teams squaring off against one another in a pre-scripted set of plays that simulated game conditions, but did not include tackling. The kicking game was also featured prominently in the drill, as were short-yardage and goal-line situations.
Head coach Tommy Tuberville said that the drill was beneficial in particular to the younger players to prepare them for how quickly things happen during a game.
"We put in a lot of our substitutions and we did a lot of special teams," said Tuberville. "It was good to see the speed of the game. Some of these young guys don't realize how quick you have to get in during substitutions, and that you have to be ready for special teams."
Tuberville also was quick to point out that the team excelled in several facets of special teams, both during drills at the start of practice and again during the team drills.
"One of the strengths we've had the last few days has been our kicking game," said Tuberville. "I've been real pleased with our kickers, punters and returners. We've got to do it in a game, but we've made a lot of improvement the last three weeks. It's been fun to watch these guys compete and get better."
The Tigers will return to the practice fields Thursday morning with a workout at 8:30 a.m. CT.
Auburn opens the 2007 season Sept. 1 when the Tigers host Kansas State at Jordan-Hare Stadium. The game begins at 6:45 p.m. CT and will be televised nationally by ESPN.
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