Tuberville Looking Forward To Major Scrimmage

The Tigers returned to the football practice field on Friday evening with a lot of extra visitors taking in the action.

Auburn, Ala.--The football Tigers drilled for two hours and 15 minutes on Friday tuning up for the second major scrimmage of the spring that is set to begin around 10 a.m. on Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Coach Tommy Tuberville said that almost everybody will be ready to participate in the scrimmage, which is scheduled to run for around 200 plays.

Redshirt freshman tailback Carl Stewart, who has been slowed by an ankle sprain, will probably miss the scrimmage. "It doesn't make good sense to put him out there if he isn't full speed," Tuberville said.

Senior defensive end Doug Langenfeld, who has suffered a variety of injuries this spring including a mild concussion, could be ready for action on Saturday.

With several hundred high school coaches at the practice watching how the Tiger coaching staff ran drills, Auburn focused on individual drills in shorts, helmets and shoulder pads on Friday. Tuberville said the workout was a productive one.

Brandon Cox prepares to pass at Friday's practice as Tommy Tuberville watches the second string quarterback.

"It was a good week of practice," the head coach said. "We have a big exam (Saturday) morning at 10 o'clock. I thought we kind of hit the wall last week (in the scrimmage). We all challenged the players this week to concentrate more on what we are doing.

"We have probably got in 25 percent more of our offense than what we had last week," Tuberville noted. "It will be more of a challenge for our offense because defensively we have got a little bit more in also. We will also implement our goal line offense and defense and get that on film. Again, it is going to be about the same as last week with probably a few more plays.

"We are going to try to put as much pressure on all three quarterbacks as we can," Tuberville said when talking about plans for the scrimmage. "We are going to turn the defense loose a little bit more than we did last week and try to make them make decisions at the line and also after the ball is snapped."

The Tigers worked on the kicking game on Friday. On defense, the secondary did a lot of individual footwork and coverage drills. The linebackers did the same thing and worked on reads. The defensive front did some one-on-one work vs. the offensive line.

Senior safety Junior Rosegreen catches a pass during a footwork drill on Friday.

The quarterbacks were busy throwing pass routes as the receivers and tight ends worked one-on-one vs. defensive backs. The QBs also worked on their timing and reads with the running game and the receivers drilled on footwork and running routes.

Tuberville said Thursday's half scrimmage was a spirited and productive one and he wants to see more of the same thing on Saturday. "Tomorrow will probably be pretty much a testing point of where we are at," he said. "We will add a few different things next week and then have the spring game. We will probably have one practice after the spring game."

Spring Practice Notes: Walk-on tight end Danny Perry showed his toughness by practicing through a serious dislocated finger...The high school coaches attended clinics throughout the day at Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum prior to attending practice. They were also guests of the coaching staff for a crawfish boil at Jordan-Hare Stadium after the Friday evening practice...Tuberville noted that he is seeing some good things from the defense, but he is looking for more on Saturday. "Defensively, the effort has been great by everybody," he noted. "We have made a lot of improvement. We have just got to find about 10 more guys who can step up and make plays."

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