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Auburn Football Practice Report

Sept. 15, 2009

AUBURN - The Auburn football team practiced for two hours Tuesday afternoon on the Athletic Complex practice fields in preparation for their upcoming game against Big East opponent West Virginia.

Despite some early rain showers, Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn said the team was able to re-group and get a full practice in.

"Early on it was raining extremely hard, but I think after period two it left off and our guys handled it pretty well," said Malzahn. "They were able to focus and finish practice on a strong note."

After rolling up more than 1,100 yards and 86 points in the first two games of the season, Malzahn said there have been some things he likes, but there is still work to be done.

"I think for the youth we have, inexperience, new staff and new quarterback, I like the fact that we have been able to score points and help the team win," said Malzahn. "But, at the same time, we have to get better on the little things, execution-wise."

The first-year offensive coordinator said one key to the offense's success has been the rate at which they are learning what is expected out of the offense.

"We made some mistakes against Mississippi State, we are still learning, but our guys our starting to play fast, they are starting to understand what we are talking about," Malzahn said. "I was happy with our pace."

Malzahn expects a tough test for the team this week as the Tigers go up against a physical defense from West Virginia.

"They run an odd-stack defense amd they are very well coached with a lot of veteran guys," said Malzahn. "They play extremely hard and they are a physical team, so this will be a very good test for us and we will have to play very good."

Auburn (2-0) and West Virginia (2-0) kickoff at 6:45 p.m. CT from Jordan-Hare Stadium. The game, which is sponsored by Verizon Wireless, will be televised by ESPN2.



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