Fundamentals the Focus In Tuesday's Practice

Comments from Tommy Tuberville, Brandon Cox, Will Muschamp and Al Borges are featured in Tuesday's football practice report.

Auburn, Ala.--The offense stayed late and the defense worked on another experiment as the Tigers returned to the practice field on Tuesday for a full pads workout, the 11th of 15 allowed spring practice dates.

Auburn's coaches were unhappy with the pass protection from the offensive line in Saturday's major scrimmage. They worked on that through much of the regular practice on Tuesday and after the defense called it an evening the offense stayed on the field for another 40 minutes of drills with emphasis on blocking against the blitz.

"The number one offensive line, our technique wasn't very good on Saturday," head coach Tommy Tuberville says.

"We have some speed on the defense, which creates some problems for offensive linemen when they try to get away from their technique," the coach says. "That was definitely happening with some of the younger guys Saturday. We gave up--I don't know--a couple of dozen (actually 16) sacks. That is way too many."

Tuberville was also not happy with the play of the wide receivers as a group on Saturday so that contingent got plenty of one on one work against the defensive backs on Tuesday.

"The receivers didn't run routes as well as they should have," notes Tuberville, who spent much of the Tuesday workout watching how the receivers were performing.

On defense, the Tigers drilled on fundamentals and looked at redshirt freshman defensive end Alonzo Horton at strongside outside linebacker.

Horton notes that he enjoyed getting to play the position. However, Tuberville notes it is just an experiment. "He will be an end (this season), but we are looking there for future reference," the head coach notes.

"Defensively, we went back to day one with things we had worked on," the head coach adds. "We have got a lot of stuff in so we are trying to cover ground again trying to go back on defense and cover things we are still making mistakes on."

Commenting on Saturday's scrimmage, Tuberville says that quarterback Brandon Cox performed well and Cox agrees.

"We ran a lot more plays, a lot more variety of plays, than we did in the first scrimmage," Cox says. "We are still not where we need to be, but we were able to get into a rhythm."

Cox says he liked the end of practice in the goal line situation where the offense punched the ball in for a score to avoid running wind sprints after the scrimmage. "It is good incentive," he notes. "You can definitely tell when something is on the line. Everybody picks up the intensity level a little bit. The offense did a good job. We converted that fourth down. When running is on the line, everybody is busting their butts so it was a good challenge."

Backup quarterback Calvin Booker prepares to take a snap in Tuesday's practice.

*The Tigers were originally scheduled to end practice next week, but the new schedule calls for Saturday's 1 p.m. A-Day Game to be the final workout unless the weather forces a change in plans.

*Defensive coordinator Will Muschamp says after grading the scrimmage video he wants to see his players become more physical and better tacklers.

*Offensive coordinator Al Borges notes that the extra practice for his group on Tuesday evening included a lot of work for the second string to make sure everybody understands their assignments when the defense is giving the offense a variety of different looks.

*Borges notes that Blake Field is still running number two at quarterback and Calvin Booker is still No. 3. He adds that he hopes to get both reserves some work with the first team offense this week.

*Tuberville says that redshirt freshmen tight ends Tommy Trott and Gabe McKenzie are making progress.

*Sophomore center Jason Bosley is making improvement, the head coach notes.

*The Tigers are scheduled for another full pads workout on Wednesday that will start at 3:15 p.m.

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