Auburn Football Practice Report

Terrell Zachery

Sept. 9, 2009

AUBURN, Ala. - The Auburn football team inched closer to Saturday's Southeastern Conference opener against Mississippi State, working out in shells for a little more than two hours Wednesday at the Athletics Complex practice fields.

The Tigers opened with special teams work before conducting several individual and position drills. After more special teams, much of the second half of practice focused on scout team preparation, with the offense coming together for crossover drills to conclude the workout.

Following practice, head coach Gene Chizik said he was pleased with the team's energy and focus.

"I thought it was a really good Wednesday practice," said Chizik. "The tempo was high. We certainly need to brush up on some things tomorrow, but today I thought was good. We'll need every bit of practice we can get tomorrow and Friday, but overall I was pleased with today."

Auburn (1-0) will return to the practice fields Thursday at 4:30 p.m. CT as the Tigers continue to prepare for Saturday's game against Mississippi State (1-0). The Bulldogs won their season opener against Jackson State, 45-7.

Auburn is 42-28-5 all-time in SEC openers, and is 15-1 in its last 16 league openers. This is the sixth straight year Auburn has opened SEC play with Mississippi State. The Tigers won 3-2 last year, 34-0 in 2006, 28-0 in 2005 and 43-14 in 2004, with MSU winning 19-14 in 2007.

Saturday's game against Mississippi State will kick off at 6 p.m. CT from Jordan-Hare Stadium. The game will be televised live by Fox Sports South, Sun Sports, Fox Sports Southwest, Fox Sports Wisconsin, Fox Sports Midwest, Fox Sports Houston (Louisiana) and Fox Sports West, and will be televised on a tape delayed basis on Fox Sports Arizona on Sunday at 7 p.m. CT/5 p.m. PT.