Aug. 29, 2007
Auburn, Ala. -
With the clock counting down on the beginning of the 2007 season, the Auburn football team went through a two-hour practice in shells Wednesday, splitting time between the practice fields and Jordan-Hare Stadium.
The team worked for 12 periods on the Athletic Complex practice fields, fine-tuning the game plan for Saturday's season opener against Kansas State.
"We actually hit a little bit today," Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville said. "We decided to do that to not have a long break from early tomorrow morning to game time Saturday night. But it went well, and we took the team over to the stadium. We wanted to make sure all the communication was down on the kicking game, substitutions and sidelines organization."
After the short, but intense session, the Tigers moved to an empty Jordan-Hare Stadium, where they worked on all aspects of game-like situations, including substitutions, awareness of time and possession clocks, and situational drills. During practice, the team had the opportunity to see the new 2.9 million Daktronics high definition scoreboard that was installed in the offseason.
"They hooked up the video board because we wanted the players to see that for the first time," Tuberville said. "It's a real nice scoreboard and I think it's really going to add something to Jordan-Hare Stadium. The fans are going to enjoy it. It's going to be very beneficial to all of us as we use that thing several different ways."
The video display is the first true high definition (HD) video display in the Southeastern Conference and measures approximately 30 feet high by 74 feet wide and will take advantage of Daktronics latest HD-12 light emitting diode (LED) technology.
Auburn is the first Southeastern Conference school to install large screen HD video at one of its facilities, and only the second NCAA member institution to invest in true high definition LED video capabilities.
Auburn opens the 2007 season in six days when the Tigers face Kansas State in Jordan-Hare Stadium on Sept. 1 at 6:45 p.m. CT. The game will be televised nationally by ESPN.
Auburn will put the finishing touches on its preparation for the Wildcats on Thursday morning when the Tigers return to the practice fields at 8:40 a.m. CT.