Sept. 29, 2009
AUBURN, Ala. -
The Auburn football team returned to the practice fields behind the Athletics Complex Tuesday afternoon, working out for a little more than two hours in full pads as the Tigers continue to prepare for Saturday's game at Tennessee.
Auburn went through the typical Tuesday routine, opening with special teams work before moving on to position and group drills. After more practice with the special teams, the squad spent much of the latter half of practice working against the scout teams.
The practice helped the Tigers continue to prepare for their first road game of the 2009 season, and the matchup will feature Auburn's offense, which is ranked third in the nation in scoring offense (45.3) and tied for third in total offense (526.3), against the Volunteer defense, which is ranked eighth nationally in total defense (233.0).
Following practice, Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn said that the Tigers will face a stiff challenge from the Tennessee defense led by defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin.
"They have very few (weaknesses), if any," said Malzahn. "(Kiffin) does a great job coaching and they have great players, so that's a tough combination. We're going to have to earn everything we get, and I think our players just by watching the film can understand that.
"They're sound. They're going to make you earn it. They play extremely hard, and they're very athletic. He's got some good players, and he does a great job."
Auburn will return to the practice fields Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. CT.
Saturday's game at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville will kick off at 6:45 p.m. CT and be televised by ESPN.