Oct. 26, 2010
AUBURN - After a day off Monday, the No. 3 Auburn football team returned to the practice fields behind the Athletics Complex Tuesday, practicing for two hours in shells.
After opening the practice with special teams work, the Tigers conducted individual and position drills. Much of the rest of the workout saw the Tigers practicing against the scout teams, until the offense and defense came together to work against each other for the final periods.
Following practice, offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn spoke about why the team practiced in shells as opposed to the typical full-pads practice on Tuesdays.
"We haven't had an off week, but we still got after it a bit," said Malzahn. "Last week was a very physical game and we're going to have another physical game, so we tried to take a little bit of the beating off of them, but still, we got after it pretty good."
Malzahn was also asked about preparing to face an Ole Miss defense that has been best against the run, as the Rebels rank sixth in the SEC in rushing defense, allowing just 125.0 yards per game. Linebacker Jonathan Cornell and safety Damien Jackson lead the team in tackles with 51 and 49, respectively, while Cornell has a team-best 3.5 sacks and linebacker D.T. Shackleford has 3.0.
"They can run," said Malzahn of the Ole Miss defenders. "They really run to the ball well and they gang tackle. Their interior defensive linemen are extremely talented, physical and fast, and they do a good job within their scheme."
Auburn (8-0, 5-0 SEC) owns a 25-9 series advantage all-time against Ole Miss (3-4, 1-3 SEC). The Tigers hold an 8-2 lead in games played in Oxford, but the Rebels won the last meeting at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, 17-7 in 2008.
Saturday's game between Auburn and Ole Miss will kick off at 5 p.m. CT. The game will be televised by ESPN2.