QBs On Center Stage For A-Day Contest

Auburn, Ala.--For Auburn football players trying to make a move up the depth chart or stay number one at their positions, there is just one more day of spring practice to make a good impression on <b>Tommy Tuberville</b> and the rest of the coaching staff.

Auburn's annual intrasquad spring football A-Day contest is scheduled to kick off at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Temperatures in the 70s and no chance of rain is predicted. The forecast for what will happen on the Jordan-Hare Stadium field is a little less clear based on the final week of spring drills.

For most of the previous 14 days of practice, the defense has been the boss, however, the offense has shown signs of coming around since returning from a nearly two-week spring semester break. The offense improved in the Tuesday and Wednesday workouts at the football complex and followed that up with its best scrimmage of the spring on Thursday in the stadium.

"We are getting better on offense, but we still have a long way to go," says coordinator Bobby Petrino. He notes that the offensive coaches plan to keep the game plan relatively simple on Saturday and expect to see good execution from the linemen, receivers and backs.

Fans will be keeping a close eye on the execution and the back and forth competition for the number one quarterback spot. Tuberville says that the race is too close to call. Earlier in the week the head coach said he hoped that either senior Daniel Cobb or sophomore Jason Campbell would pull ahead so the staff could settle on their number one guy following the spring game. However, Tuberville now says he expects the battle to continue into two-a-days in August.

Position coach and offensive coordinator Bobby Petrino agrees that the QB race is too even to call. "I still think it is real close," he says. "They do a lot of positive things at times. I see them leading better. I see them leading with more enthusiasm and helping the other players out, but I still think they haven't separated themselves enough yet to tell who is the guy."

Tickets to the A-Day game are $5 for general admission and $1 for students with ID. The scrimmage will feature 12-minute quarters instead of the normal 15-minute periods. The first offense will square off against the first defense and the number two offense will try to put the football in the end zone against the number two defense. For scoring purposes, the Blue team will feature the first offense and second defense and the White squad will have the one defense and two offense.

Based on what has happened in previous spring practices, the White team will be the favorite because the second offense has had a lot more success moving the football and scoring on the second defense than the first team offense has had against the number one defense.

"The first group, once again, did real well again," defensive coordinator Gene Chizik said after watching the Thursday scrimmage. "The twos still have a long way to go, but the ones are coming along and I think they are on schedule."

There will be no live television of the A-Day game, but it is scheduled for a telecast on Comcast at 8 p.m. Central on Sunday.

Other sporting events this weekend on the Auburn campus include a three-game baseball series vs. LSU. The 3 p.m. Saturday game is a sellout, but there are tickets left for the Friday night and Sunday afternoon contests.

The Auburn football letterman's club is sponsoring a one-mile fun race and a five-kilometer run with the finish line at midfield in Jordan-Hare Stadium. TigerWalk Run

On the east side of the stadium, there will be games, food and music at the Tiger Team Village from 11 a.m. until kickoff at 1 p.m.

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