Aug. 24, 2011
The Auburn football team hit the practice fields Wednesday evening as preparations continue for the Sept. 3 season opener against Utah State.
Auburn practiced for approximately two hours in full pads, once again splitting time between the outdoor practice field and the new indoor facility. Head coach Gene Chizik said that despite a sluggish start to the workout, he was pleased with the overall effort.
"I thought we had a good practice tonight," Chizik said. "We went full pads and worked a good bit of `us' again, and worked a little bit of Utah State again, just introducing both sides of the ball. I thought it was a productive day. The practice tempo early was a little bit slow, but we picked it up and finished well. Overall, very productive. We've got to continue to get better every day. We're starting to narrow the reps and narrow the plan, so I think it's going to get increasingly easier in terms of game plan."
Chizik addressed questions about potential starters in several positions, but said that many of those battles were still ongoing and that some positions may be "by committee," especially along the front lines.
"On our defensive line specifically, that inside position, losing all the guys that we did...that's strained us there a little bit," he said. "That inside defensive tackle position may be a little bit of position by committee.
"We're not ruling anybody out, especially as physical as we know this league is. As the season wears on and you start getting to games seven and eight, it becomes such a physically daunting task for those guys. With all the double-teams in there, they've got 600-something pounds on them every snap. We're looking for anybody that can help us; we're talking a guy that can play anywhere from 10 snaps to 50 snaps. But we're going to have to get some guys in there that will be fresh."
The Tigers will practice again at 5 p.m. Thursday.
Auburn and Utah State will kick-off at 11 a.m. CT on September 3 at Jordan-Hare Stadium. The game will be televised by ESPN2.
Full season tickets for the 2011 season are sold out. A limited number of lower level mini season tickets are still available, and individual game tickets are available for $50. For information or to purchase visit auburntigers.com or call 1-855-282-2010.