Tigers Prepare for Saturday's A-Day Game

The Auburn football team worked out in full pads Friday in the last practice before A-Day game.

Auburn, Ala.-- The Tigers will take the field Saturday for their 14th practice this spring, but this time it will in front of thousands of fans at Auburn's annual A-Day game in Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Auburn practiced in full pads for two hours Friday on the fields at the Athletic Complex in preparation for the annual spring game.

Saturday's A-Day game will be the fourth scrimmage of spring practice for Tigers. Both sides of the football will likely run only base packages and sets.

One thing both offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler and defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder will want to see is physical play from their respective squads.

Loeffler said he wants to see the offense play with toughness and protect the football in Saturday's scrimmage.

"We're going to go offense/defense, and we're going to run base plays, base offense," said Loeffler of the plan for the A-Day game. "What we're looking to do tomorrow is go out and be physical, execute and get guys out there on their own a little bit.

"Anytime you have the opportunity, for as young as your team is, to go out into the stadium and be out in the huddle by themselves, breaking the huddle, that's a positive," added the first-year offensive coordinator. "We want to go out and play really hard, play physical, have great pad level, and protect the football. If we do that, it was productive day."

Loeffler said a decision hasn't been made yet on how much playing time each of the quarterbacks will get with the first team offense, but said fans can expect to see all three scholarship QBs get snaps with the first unit.

Clint Moseley, who has been limited this spring because of a sore throwing shoulder, is healthy and will fully participate tomorrow, said Loeffler.

Clint Moseley will participate in Saturday's A-Day game.

Although he would prefer to see the offense further along than it is, Loeffler said spring practice has been productive because he was able to get some base fundamentals installed.

VanGorder said he doesn't view A-Day as different than any other scrimmage except for the game-day environment created by fans in attendance.

"What we need to get accomplished will be specific to the field and the functioning of our defense and execution," he said. "We're trying to ascend daily. We've got to get better.

"Tomorrow, I hope we get all the different situations in the game that allow our guys to grow and function within those different situations based on what we do," added VanGorder.

VanGorder said that out of all the defensive groups, he thinks the defensive line has progressed the most.

"That's a group that's working hard to really improve, and some of them, from watching games from last year to spring ball here, they're ascending players. They're getting better," he said.

The offense and defense will square off starting at 2 p.m. CDT Saturday in Jordan-Hare Stadium. A-Day game festivities will begin at 10 a.m. with the unveiling of statues commemorating Auburn's three Heisman Trophy winners. Pat Sullivan, Bo Jackson and Cam Newton are all expected to attend.

Practice News and Quotes:

* Brian VanGorder on Dee Ford:

"Dee has some special traits athletically, very quick, very sudden player, full-speed player. Even though he's learning, he's not holding back. That's special when you see that out of a player."

* Shon Coleman on practicing with the football team:

"It was really exciting Wednesday," he said. "I felt rejuvenated. I was just glad to be back out there playing with my teammates I actually signed with. It was just a blessing."

Coleman, who currently stands at 6-7, 295 pounds, said the biggest thing for him was staying active, eating healthy, exercising, putting in the extra work while he was recovering.

Although cleared for practice on Wednesday, Coleman will not dress for Saturday's A-Day game.

* Tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen said sitting out spring practice has been frustrating for him:

"I just wish I was out there," he said. "There's so much going on and so many different formations and sets. As a tight end, it's exciting. It's a lot of NFL stuff. You just get to line up in a bunch of different spots and Coach Loeffler does a great job in finding the playmakers and getting them involved."

On if not taking part in spring practice has made it difficult to learn Loeffler's offense:

"It's a lot easier to go through everything and learn that way, but I've just been in the film room and watching practice and getting in the notebook," he said. "I think I'm just as far as everyone else is in terms of the offense."

Scoring System for A-Day Game:

Blue (Offense) vs. White (Defense)

Offense

Touchdown, 6 pts.

Field Goal, 3 pts.

Explosive Play (15+ yard play), 2 pts.

Two Consecutive First Downs, 2 pts.

PAT, 1 pt.

Defense

Touchdown, 7 pts.

Turnover (Unless TD), 6 pts.

Sack, 4 pts.

Tackle for Loss, 2 pts.

3-and-out, 1 pt.

Practice Notes:

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