Oct. 26, 2008
AUBURN - The Auburn football team returned to the practice fields Sunday with a 16-period session in full pads that lasted just shy of two hours. The practice was the Tigers' first since its Thursday night loss at West Virginia.
"We obviously have a lot to work on," head coach Tommy Tuberville said after practice. "The players came out with a good attitude. They have to have a lot of pride in what they're doing now. The thing we want to do is try to get better every day in practice and get better each week. We're a much better team in a lot of areas than we were two weeks ago. We've got to keep working on those things and try to get better and finish a game."
Sunday's session was spent primarily on team drills with the remainder of practice being used to implement the game plan for Ole Miss.
"We went against each other-it was almost like a scrimmage in all situations-short yardage, long yardage, blitz period, inside drill,"
Tuberville said. "We did a lot of kicking. We're just trying to get better at the little things."
Thursday's game saw the Tigers grab a 17-3 second-quarter lead before West Virginia scored 31 unanswered for a 34-17 victory. It marked the eighth time this season Auburn has led at half, only to lose four of those contests.
"We've been a pretty good football team for a half, but for some reason we've been going down hill (in the second half)," Tuberville said. "We made way too many mistakes on defense Thursday-alignments, fundamentals, got outran to the corner several times. We lost our technique and you can't do that in a game like that."
Auburn will play its second consecutive road game when they travel to Ole Miss this Saturday. Kickoff at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford is set for 11:30 a.m. CT. The game will air regionally on Raycom Sports.
The Tigers return to the practice field Tuesday morning.