Oct. 20, 2009
AUBURN - 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 shells and shorts as the Tigers continue to prepare for Saturday's game at LSU.
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 with some crossover work.
"We had a good, physical practice today," said offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn. "The guys got after it and had pretty good focus.
"We are just trying to get back to the basics, correct some mistakes. Obviously, we made too many in the fourth quarter last week that probably cost us the game and we want to make sure that does not happen again."
LSU enters the game off a bye week with a 5-1 overall record and a 3-1 mark in the Southeastern Conference and is ranked ninth in the country in the Associated Press poll. Auburn (5-2, 2-2 SEC) is coming off a 21-14 home loss to Kentucky last weekend.
Looking ahead to LSU, Malzahn said the Bayou Bengal defense could be the toughest Auburn has faced so far this season.
"Their defensive front is extremely athletic, they can put a lot of pressure on you," said Malzahn. "They keep the lineman off the linebackers and their linebackers are big and athletic, and their secondary is extremely fast. They have a very good defense, one of the best, if not the best we have seen this so far this season."
Auburn will return to the practice fields Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. CT.
Saturday's game will be televised by ESPN2 and is slated for a 6:30 p.m. CT kickoff from Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, La.