Football Tigers Into Winter Workouts

A football report is featured on Auburn's offseason workout program.

Auburn, Ala.--Winter workouts, an annual rite of passage for college football players around the country, are in high gear at Auburn.

The Tigers began their most intensive portion of the workouts this week with twice-a-week pre-breakfast sessions at the Auburn Football Complex practice fields. In addition to running and agility drills in the offseason, the Tigers also spend time in the weight room working on improving strength.

The winter workouts are designed to help prepare the team for the start of spring practice, which is scheduled to start on Feb. 27th. The annual spring football game is scheduled for March 17th.

The Tigers, who wrapped up the 2006 season with a New Year's Day victory over Nebraska in the Cotton Bowl, finished with an 11-2 record.

One of the redshirt freshmen the coaches will closely watch this spring is defensive lineman Mike Blanc, who runs through a drill.

Josh Thompson (front, right) and Quentin Groves (front, left) are returning defensive line starters for the Tigers. Both will be redshirt seniors this fall.

Wind sprints are a major part of the early morning winter workout program.

Redshirt freshman defensive end Darrell Roseman watches junior noseguard Greg Smith run a drill. Both players redshirted last year.

A line of Tigers does a drill on a chilly morning on the Auburn campus. Cole Bennett wears an orange vest indicating he is recovering from an injury.

Tight end Tommy Trott (left), defensive end Octavius Balkcom and tight end Cole Bennett (right) run wind sprints. Bennett, who was injured last fall vs. LSU, received a medical redshirt and will be back as a fifth-year senior and returning starter.

Linebacker coach James Willis supervises a drill. Willis is starting is second year in his position with the Tigers after playing for AU and working as a graduate assistant coach. He came to Auburn from the University of Rhode Island and was at Temple briefly before accepting a job on Auburn's staff.

Coach Tommy Tuberville addresses the team at the end of the first of the winter workout sessions.

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