Nov. 9, 2010
AUBURN - The No. 2 Auburn football team continued preparations for Saturday's game against Georgia with a two-hour practice under the lights at the Athletics Complex practice fields Tuesday evening.
Tuesday's practice started with special teams work before the team moved to individual and position drills. Much of the practice focused on work by the offense and defense against the scout teams, with more specials team drills midway through the workout.
Following practice, offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn addressed the media and spoke about the challenge of facing a 3-4 Georgia defense instead of the traditional 4-3 that most Tiger opponents have used.
"We've seen it a little bit, and they do a little bit of both," said Malzahn. "They come after you from different angles and they have some very talented people to do it with."
The Bulldogs are ranked 13th nationally in rushing defense (106.4 ypg) and 15th in total defense (305.5 ypg). Linebacker Akeem Dent has a team-high 94 tackles, while outside linebacker Justin Houston has an SEC leading 9.0 sacks and has 16.5 tackles for loss.
Malzahn noted that the Georgia defense has gotten better as the season has progressed and will pose several challenges to his offense.
"They're very fast," said Malzahn. "They fly around and they have great pass rushers. You can tell they're starting to get a feel for their defensive coordinator. They're playing extremely fast and you can tell they've improved each game."
Auburn will return to the practice fields Wednesday at 5 p.m. CT.
Saturday's game between Auburn (10-0, 6-0 SEC) and Georgia (5-5, 3-4 SEC) will kick off at 2:30 p.m. CT in Jordan-Hare Stadium and will be televised by CBS.