Auburn, Ala.--In the second practice with Coach Tony Franklin as Auburn's new offensive coordinator, the Tigers spent much of the day working on fundamentals while also trying to install a portion of the offense to get ready for the Chick-fil-A Bowl on New Year's Eve. Coach Tommy Tuberville says so far things have been going well for his team and the offensive changes.
"We're putting a little bit of Tony's offense in," Tuberville says. "We're kind of mixing in what we feel like we can run both ways. It's going pretty good. It was a good day of practice. The guys' attention is pretty good. They are enthusiastic knowing that they got to go home on Tuesday if they work real hard.
"They're doing good," Tuberville adds on the offense. "It's a little bit faster tempo. I can imagine when we get full go in this thing how it's going to be. Right now everybody is kind of learning each other. Tony is trying to learn some of the stuff we were doing. Everybody is mentally fried after every practice."
Hard work is something that true freshman quarterback Kodi Burns says has been happening the last two days. After a calmer approach from Al Borges that focused more on the mental aspect of the offense, Burns says Franklin's approach to practice has been quite different for he and the rest of his offensive teammates.
"We're out there working," Burns says. "We haven't worked like this all year. It's a lot different pace and everybody is running left and right and people are yelling. All the coaches are yelling at the same time. You've got to know what you're doing and go up and execute or you're going to get lost."
In addition to adding in a portion of the new offense, Tuberville says the team spent a good portion of the two-hour practice working on fundamentals and technique, something that gets lost during the season. He notes that Saturday was a good workout for his team despite cold and wet conditions in Auburn.
"We got a lot done," Tuberville says. "We still stuck with fundamentals and all that kind of stuff today. It was a little bit of Clemson, but not much. We'll start more of that tomorrow. We're starting to work a little bit on the kicking game. We're trying to spend as much time as we can on just getting back to fundamentals, tackling and blocking."
On the injury front Tuberville says King Dunlap twisted a knee on Saturday, but should return for Sunday's practice. Back up quarterback Blake Field sat out of the practice with what Tuberville describes as "something with his neck". Brandon (Brandon Cox) was back (after attending the funeral of a friend) and Tuberville says he looked good.
Jason (Jason Bosley) was in his brother's wedding this morning, but Tuberville says he should return on Sunday. Chris Evans also did some work, but is not practicing full speed. Tuberville says he'll be ready by the time they get to Atlanta.
Another player that is back practicing and looking good is junior running back Tristan Davis. Although he is taking some snaps on offense, Tuberville says it's doubtful he'll be able to help much on that side of the ball in the bowl game.
"He's got too much to learn if we're putting any of that other stuff in and also going back to what we were doing," Tuberville says. "We've got enough running backs for the bowl game. We're not going to throw him in there just to be throwing him in."
The Tigers will return to the practice field Sunday afternoon and have practices on Monday and Tuesday before breaking for Christmas. They will resume practices on Dec. 26 in Atlanta in preparation for the New Year's Eve game against Clemson at the Georgia Dome.