Sept. 9, 2007
The Auburn football team returned to practice Sunday afternoon at the practice fields behind the Athletics Complex, beginning preparations for the Tigers' Southeastern Conference opener Saturday against Mississippi State.
Auburn is looking to bounce back from a disappointing 26-23 overtime loss to South Florida in a game in which the Tigers turned the ball over five times while not forcing any turnovers.
Auburn's defense turned in an impressive performance despite the loss, not allowing a score after any of the five turnovers, and playing short-handed with two starters (Tray Blackmon, Aairon Savage) missing the entire game and two more (Jonathan Wilhite, Merrill Johnson) playing less than a quarter. Defensive coordinator Will Muschamp said that the Tigers will juggle the lineup if necessary on Saturday.
"We're going to get the best guys out there," Muschamp said. "If it means moving somebody, that's what we'll have to do. We're going to sit down tonight and make sure we get the best 11 on the field at any given time that give us the best opportunity to win the football game."
Auburn (1-1, 0-0 SEC) and Mississippi State (1-1, 0-1 SEC) will meet Saturday at 11:30 a.m. CT in a game that will be televised by Lincoln Financial Sports. It will mark the fourth consecutive season that the Tigers have opened their SEC schedule with the Bulldogs.
Individual tickets to home games against Mississippi State, New Mexico State, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss and Tennessee Tech are still available. To purchase tickets, log on to www.autigertickets.com or call 1-800-AUB-1957.