Aug. 24, 2008
Auburn, Ala. - With three weeks of fall camp in the rearview mirror, the Auburn football team began game-week preparations Sunday with a practice session that lasted just over two hours. The team took a much needed day off on Saturday as tropical depression Fay rolled through East Alabama, providing wet weather for most of the day.
"Back from a 36-hour vacation, we looked a little better today, but they're still a little tired," said Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville. "They get tomorrow off, which will help. I thought they handled (their time off) well. It was a pretty good day to take off (yesterday) with the weather the way it was."
Auburn's 20-period session on Sunday in full pads saw the team continue to implement the game plan for Saturday's season opener against Louisiana-Monroe. The Tigers worked versus the scout team and spent time with the first- and second-team offenses squaring off against the first- and second-team defenses.
"Today we went about two and a half hours," Tuberville said. "We went in full pads and had a lot of contact. I thought the tempo was good. We had a long talk today about a lot of the new rules and watched a couple of films on sportsmanship. A lot of the new players don't know all of the rules of college football, so we touched on that. We treated today like the Sunday after games with all of the meetings."
"We went against each other quite a long time today. (We ran) a lot of plays, more than we normally would, but we needed some simulation of game situation with down and distance. We still did a lot of fundamentals today."
Kickoff Saturday is slated for 6 p.m. CT inside Jordan-Hare Stadium. It will mark the first meeting between the Tigers and Warhawks since 2004. Auburn has won all six games in the series.
The Tigers will return to the practice fields on Tuesday at 8:15 a.m. CT.
Single-game tickets are available for the season opener, as well as the Southern Miss, Arkansas and Tennessee-Martin games. To purchase tickets visit www.auburntigers.com or call 800-AUB-1957.
The game will be available on a pay-per-view basis in the states of Alabama and Louisiana to cable subscribers and small dish owners who subscribe to DirecTV or Dish Network. Fans should contact their local cable provider or small dish provider to order the game. Other home dish owners should contact 1-800-TV-STARS to order the game. Commercial establishments should contact their local cable company or dial 1-800-TV-STARS for feed information.