Varsity Seeks Improvement, JV A Tuneup

Auburn,Ala—Working in split shifts of varsity and junior varsity teams, the Auburn Tigers practiced for just over two hours Wednesday afternoon with the emphasis on getting better up front on both sides of the ball.

Following a practice of just over an hour, the varsity squad gave way to the junior varsity for the last half of practice as the JV group prepares for its game against Georgia Military College at 5 p.m. Thursday at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

"I think it will be fun," head coach Tommy Tuberville notes of Thursday's game. "I think it will give us a chance to look at some of the younger players, especially some of the young linemen that haven't had the opportunity to play a lot this year that will have to play next year, some being starters. Ryan Broome, Nate French, some of those guys. It should be interesting. We haven't had a lot of preparation time for it. We're just going to go out and try to give them a good showing and try to make it competitive and see what some of these young guys can do at a full-speed pace."

Before the junior varsity had a chance to work on their game plan for Georgia Military College, the starters worked on correcting the mistakes that have hampered them in each of the past two games. That begins with turnovers and missed tackles, something that the coaches harped on all day Wednesday.

Several Tigers had outstanding days including receiver Silas Daniels, who will see some action in Thursday's game. The same is true of defensive back Junior Rosegreen, a player who continues to lock up his opposition in practice. Up front guard Mike Pucillo had a solid day in the one-on-one drills for the offense while Reggie Torbor and Javor Mills looked good coming off the corner in pass rush situations.

Coming off a disappointing loss in their last outing, it's not surprising to see the Tigers have some spirited practices this week. Tuberville says that's something he's been hoping to witness out of this team and he believes it's a good sign for the rest of the season.

"It's been good," he says of the effort this week. "I've never had a problem with any of the practices. We usually practice well but again, since the second game, we haven't had everybody out there practicing. Demarco McNeil, Robert Johnson, Spencer Johnson and Mark Brown haven't practiced this week. That's a lot of defensive guys that need to be out there playing 40 or 50 snaps and if they're not, we're going to be in trouble."

The Tigers will not practice on Thursday, giving way to the JV team for their game with Georgia Military College. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. and admission is free. Fans can make it a doubleheader by checking out the basketball game at 7 p.m. at Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum vs. Global Sports. Admission to the basketball exhibition game is free.

Auburn returns to football practice Friday afternoon and the Tigers are expected to get the day off on Saturday.

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