Tigers Tune Up For A-Day Game

Friday's practice was the 13th of 15 allowed for the Tigers this spring. Following A-Day on Saturday they will use the final practice on Wednesday.

Auburn, Ala.--The Auburn football team had a light workout in shells on a cool Friday afternoon in preparation for Saturday's A-Day game, which will be at Jordan-Hare Stadium at 1 p.m. CDT on Saturday.

"We had a little bit of contact," says head coach Tommy Tuberville, "but most of it was getting ready for the scrimmage and getting everybody situated.

"We're going to do a little bit of kicking game and it'll be a little different," he says of A-Day. "We'll have kickoff and kickoff return at the beginning. Tomorrow we hope the offense improves from the first couple of scrimmages. We're still going to do a lot of things defensively."

Depending on how the first half goes, quarterbacks Neil Caudle and Steven Ensminger may get some snaps with the No. 1 offense in the second half. Blake Field, who has battled elbow tendonitis this spring, is expected to play.


Robert Dunn catches an out route with Aairon Savage in coverage.

"We have a few players out but we really won't know all of them until tomorrow," Tuberville notes. "We've got a couple of guys that might be able to come back."

Sen'Derrick Marks, Tim Hawthorne, Steve Gandy, Merrill Johnson, Jonathan Wilhite, Jerraud Powers, Lorenzo Ferguson and Nathan Farrow are not expected to play.

"We're hoping to get 100 plays and see where we are at," Tuberville says. "It's going to be good. It's going to be live television and 35-40,000 people will be here. Most of these guys have never played in a game on that field. It'll be a good situation and hopefully they'll go out and perform tomorrow."

More than 400 junior recruits are expected to attend. "And that's not including the parents," Tuberville notes. "About 90 percent of our signees will be here tomorrow and we had some out here today. We're looking forward to a busy day. It's going to be a busy day for the coaches and it always is on A-Day."

Wes Byrum, Chaz Ramsey and Kyle Coulahan were in attendance at practice on Friday. Also expected to be at the game among the signees are Ryan Pugh, Bailey Woods, John Douglas, Enrique Davis, Michael McNeil and Lee Ziemba.


Chaz Ramsey, left, and Kyle Coulahan, right, look physically like they've been in a college weight-lifting routine.

Jordan-Hare Stadium gates will open at 11 a.m. on Saturday, two hours before the A-Day kickoff. Admission is $5 and tickets are available at the stadium and at local bookstores.

Students with current IDs will be admitted. The game will be televised live on CSS and will be broadcast locally on 97.7 FM.

Tiger Ticket Notes

* Tyronne Green continued his excellent spring on Friday. In one-on-one pass rush drills he dominated another player who has looked impressive, Mike Blanc.

* Michael Goggans and Bart Eddins, two players who switched sides of the ball in recent months, showed signs of progress. Goggans, who has been tough for any of the tackles, beat Eddins inside in the first battle. Eddins came back on the second attempt and forced Goggans way outside to even the score. Leon Hart also looked strong at center.

* The quarterbacks and receivers looked sharp. Caudle has been throwing tighter spirals on longer throws as the spring has progressed while Field has struggled with his passes and mechanics because of his injury.


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