Aug. 26, 2009
AUBURN, Ala. -
The Auburn football team inched closer to the 2009 season opener with a practice that lasted more than two hours Wednesday on the Athletics Complex practice fields.
The Tigers worked out in shells under hot and humid conditions, although the temperature dropped as practice wore on. The workout started with special teams drills, then moved to individual and position drills. After more special teams work, the offensive and defensive units worked against the scout teams, before finishing with a two-minute drill.
Following practice, offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn said that working against the scout teams and preparing for the first opponent has provided a welcome change to the routine of the previous weeks.
"It's been a breath of fresh air," said Malzahn. "I can tell our guys are kind of raising their level. I know it's getting close to the first game when you actually game-plan specifically for a team. It's been good for our players and our coaches."
Defensive coordinator Ted Roof noted that although the work against the scouts is important, other parts of practice are equally important.
"We're always going to have fundamental time, because no matter who you're playing, the fundamentals don't change," said Roof. "And then you get the speed work. You always want to go against your offense and see things coming at you full speed. You don't want to sacrifice the speed of the game. But you have to balance that time and the time from a schematic and awareness standpoint."
With 22 practices now in the books, the Tigers will return to the practice fields for workout No. 23 Thursday at 4:20 p.m. CT.
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.