Aug. 30, 2009
Auburn, Ala. -
Despite cloudy skies and a constant drizzle of rain the Auburn football team put forth an energetic practice Sunday afternoon according to head coach Gene Chizik.
The Tigers spent one hour and 50 minutes on the practice fields behind the Auburn Athletic Complex as they officially began game-week preparations for next Saturday's season opener against Louisiana Tech.
"Tonight was an upbeat practice," Chizik said. "The guys had a little bit more in their step, as you would imagine since we're going into game week. We went full pads and tried to get a little contact in today. It was a good day. The thing that stood out the most was the energy. They were excited today."
With only five days till kickoff, Chizik and the Tigers have fully turned their attention towards Louisiana Tech.
"I think coach (Derek) Dooley has done an incredible job with that team," Chizik said. "They have got some great special teams players. That stands out when you look at them. They are a sound team and do things that make sense. They don't take a lot of chances. They are aggressive on defense and play a physical style of game."
Last season, Louisiana Tech averaged 24.6 points and 343.1 yards per game. The Bulldogs finished 2008 with an 8-5 record and a 5-3 record in the Western Athletic Conference.
Receiver Phillip Livas returns for his junior season after leading the Bulldogs in all-purpose yards last season. Livas averaged 155.0 yards per game in 2008, accumulating 337 rushing yards, 607 receiving yards, 245 punt return yards and 826 kickoff return yards.
Auburn and Louisiana Tech kickoff at 6 p.m. CT, Saturday, Sept. 5, at Jordan-Hare Stadium. The game will be carried by ESPNU.
The Tigers will take Monday off before returning to the practice fields Tuesday afternoon. All practices are closed to the public.