Offense Has The Better Day At Tuesday Practice

Auburn, Ala.--Tommy Tuberville said the offense held the upper hand at Tuesday's Auburn football practice. Two of the top Tigers, one on offense and the other on defense, agreed with their head coach.

"The offense won today," Tuberville said following the 2 1/2-hour session at the intramural fields. "It was the best day our offense has had running and throwing the football. I thought both quarterbacks did really well in the team work and our protections were a lot better.

Tight ends Cooper Wallace (8) and Anthony Mix (9) take a brreak during Tuesday's practice at the intramural fields.

"We still have got to work on focusing an entire practice," Tuberville said. "We haven't had--I don't think--a championship practice yet. We have got to come out and put a lot more effort into the 2 1/2 hours instead of the first hour and a half and coasting through the last hour. That will come. We have got a lot of young guys still trying to learn and their heads are still swimming."

Junior center Danny Lindsey said he saw some good things on his side of the football on Tuesday. "I think we are coming along good," the starter said. "We are trying to get better each day. I think on Monday we took a step backward and today we took a step forward. I think we had a real good blitz period today with our pass protection. We did decent in inside (inside running drills)."

Tuberville said the cool weather following an afternoon rain shower seemed to give his players more energy for the full pads workout that featured a lot of 11 on 11 team drills. Lindsey agreed that the weather helped jump start the Tigers and gave credit to one of his offensive line teammates, too. "Marcus McNeill got us going," Lindsey said. "We were jumping around out there and had a good tempo. We had a lot of fun at practice today. That is what we have to do and carry that over into the games.

"I am still trying to try to get better each day," Lindsey said when asked what he is focusing on this week in practice. "I make mistakes, everybody does. I try to watch film and do what coach tells me to do. You can continue to work on your technique each day."

Senior defensive lineman Demarco McNeil has dropped around 10 pounds and is playing in the low 290s this season. That has helped his quickness as has having a healthier knee with an extra year of rehab since having major surgery. "I felt good out there," McNeil told Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I can go through practice and not worry about anything. I just try to work hard everyday and I have been blessed so far.

Demarco McNeil

"We had a pretty good day of practice," McNeil said. "The defense didn't do as well as we wanted to, but the good thing about two-a-days is that there is always tomorrow. We are going to try to work at getting better as a unit.

"As a defense, we are coming along slowly but surely. I think we need to pick it up the next couple of days. We have had a few injuries. Folks are going to get hurt in two-a-days and during the season. You just have to work through it and have guys on the second team step it up."

Tuberville gave the overall workout a thumbs up. "That was one of the best practices we have had because that orange thing (sun) in the sky wasn't up there today," he said. "We kept our focus most of practice. We did a lot more team work. We have got a lot more work to do on our timing, but we are still working and our offensive and defensive lines are still struggling a little bit with some new things we are doing but we are making some progress."

Dontarrious Thomas

Injury update: Tight end Anthony Mix, who took a blow to the head earlier in the week, was back in the middle of the contact at Tuesday's practice...Offensive lineman Taylor Bourgeois, who had a sore shoulder from scar tissue in his shoulder, will be brought along slowly this week but has been cleared for contact. "He is going to have soreness for everything so he is going to have to work through that," Tuberville said...Linebacker Dontarrious Thomas ran on Tuesday, but won't be allowed to practice until Monday as he recovers from a hamstring pull...Cornerbacks Carlos Rogers and Junior Rosegreen were held out of practice with slight groin pulls...Linebacker Kevis Burnam, who still has swelling on his knee, is now projected to be back on Monday...Kyle Derozan, who also has a swollen knee, may return to action at defensive end on Thursday...Wide receiver Silas Daniels is now expected to be out eight to 10 days with his pulled hamstring he suffered on Monday.

Practice Notes: The Tigers will not scrimmage on Wednesday as previously scheduled. They are planned to have a major scrimmage with officials at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday. They may have a second scrimmage the following Wednesday...With Silas Daniels out of action, slot receiver Jeris McIntyre got work at the outside wide receiver spot on Tuesday...Philip Yost was 4-6 on field goals at the end of practice while John Vaughn missed three of his tries...Both redshirt freshman Michael Gibson and true freshman Kody Bliss had strong days punting the football. Tuberville said the punt protection and coverage drills were sharp on Tuesday.


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