Based on Thursday's practice, that is going to be a question mark for Saturday's home game against the Louisiana-Monroe Indians. The Auburn coach says that Langenfeld didn't appear to be full speed during his workout on Thursday as the Tigers finished up their on the field work with the offensive, defensive and kicking game plans.
"We are hoping Doug will be able to play this week," Tuberville says. "That might not be something we will know until game time." Langenfeld is recovering from a severe ankle sprain. Other than the players who were lost for the year in preseason, all of the other players on the team are back from injuries and ready to play vs. Louisiana-Monroe
"We are looking to make some improvement this week with how we play on offense, defense and the kicking games," Tuberville says. "With Louisiana-Monroe a team that will throw the ball a lot, we will especially need to make improvement in the secondary. They have a good quarterback and good receivers who can move the football."
Last year Auburn jumped ahead 35-0 at halftime vs. Louisiana-Monroe and was able to play the reserves the second half as AU improved its all-time record to 4-0 vs. the Indians, who almost upset the 22nd-ranked 1996 Tigers who had to drive 70-yards and score with just one minute and 44 seconds left to pull out a victory.
Tuberville says that the key issues are to win the game and improve as a team as the Tigers prepare for three important SEC tests to conclude the regular season. However, if the opportunity is there to play backups some significant minutes, that would be a good thing, he admits.
Senior defensive tackle Spencer Johnson says the Tigers are looking to play better football than they did a week ago in a 31-7 loss at LSU. "I think everybody has handled what happened OK and we will be ready to play this week," Johnson says. "I think it is important for the older guys to step up and play good football down the stretch.
"Defensively, I think it is important that the guys up front take some of the pressure off the secondary by doing a better job with our pass rush," Johnson says. "We have to focus on our fundamentals to play the way we have been coached to play."
Kickoff for the homecoming game is 1:30 p.m. No TV coverage is planned this week.