Sept. 18, 2008
Auburn, Ala. -
The Auburn football team put the finishing touches on their game plan for Saturday's nationally televised game against LSU with a 50-minute practice Thursday morning on the fields behind the Athletic Complex.
Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville said the Tigers spent a portion of Thursday's practice preparing for LSU return man Trindon Holliday, who leads the Southeastern Conference with a 40.8 yards per return average on punts this season.
"We spent a lot of time working on the kicking game today," Tuberville said. "He (Holliday) is one of the better returners in the country. In my lifetime of watching guys return, he's as elusive as any. You know the ball is going to get in his hands, so you've got to get down the field and use technique and fundamentals."
Tuberville also noted the Tigers worked all week to eliminate mistakes from last Saturday's win over Mississippi State.
"Offensively, we need to cut back on the penalties and keep our concentration," Tuberville said. "We need to do better on first down to stay out of long yardage situations. The quarterbacks practiced well this week. We also worked on getting our kicker (Wes Byrum) back and the special teams had a good week of work."
Auburn (3-0, 1-0 SEC) enters Saturday's game ranked 10th by the Associated Press and ninth by the USA Today Coaches' Poll. LSU (2-0, 0-0 SEC) is ranked sixth in both polls.
Saturday's game will be televised by ESPN and is slated for a 6:45 p.m. kickoff. ESPN College GameDay Built By The Home Depot will have its set location east of Jordan-Hare Stadium, at the corner of Roosevelt and Duncan Drive, in the Allison Physics Lab lawn.
ESPN GameDay will air live on Saturday from 9-11 a.m. CT. There will also be live and taped segments on Friday from 3-4:30 p.m. and SportsCenter segments live at 8 a.m. on Saturday morning. Auburn fans are encouraged to attend at both days.