Winter Workouts: Team Building Time

Photos and comments from Auburn's head football coach are featured as the coaching staff joins the players for winter workouts.

Auburn, Ala.--Tommy Tuberville and his Auburn football coach staff started their team-building winter workouts early on Tuesday morning, which is the first phase of preparation for the 2008 season.

Tuberville watched the proceedings at the AU practice field as strength and conditioning coach Kevin Yoxall and the position coaches put the Tigers through a variety of agility and running drills.

"It is good to get back with our players," Tuberville says. "When you are on the road for a month you don't get to see them a whole lot. They have been working hard for the last three weeks with our strength and conditioning staff. We have got eight days of hard winter workouts.

"The older guys know what to expect," Tuberville says. "The younger guys usually struggle. We got off to a good start today. It was about 80 percent of what we are normally going to do. We start back again at 6:30 Thursday morning."

The Tigers, who wrapped up the 2007 season with a Chick-fil-A Bowl victory over Clemson, are tentatively scheduled to begin spring practices on Feb. 28th. The annual A-Day spring football game is set for Saturday, March 29th.

Commenting on the winter workouts, Tuberville says, "We want to build physical and mental toughness with our football team. When you play Auburn, you know what you are going to get in terms of mental and physical toughness. That is what we are looking forward to building in the next three weeks before we start spring ball."

(left to right) Tim Hawthorne, Chris Slaughter, Jerraud Powers, Mike McNeil and Walter McFadden begin a sprint drill.

Jared Cooper, who will be a redshirt freshman offensive guard this fall, runs through a drill on Tuesday.

Wide receiver Montez Billings (in orange) sprints to the lead in a running drill.

Auburn's new defensive coordinator and secondary coach, Paul Rhoads, checks out the schedule at the winter workout.

Bart Eddins, who will be a redshirt sophomore offensive lineman this fall, runs through a drill.

Strength and conditioning coach Kevin Yoxall directs the workout on Tuesday as the Tigers run wind sprints.

Brent Slusher, who has played both tight end and linebacker for the Tigers, will be a true sophomore this fall. He runs a drill as defensive ends coach Terry Price gives instructions.

Tiger defenders (left to right) Antoine Carter, A.J. Greene, Jermarcus Ricks and Antonio Coleman participate in a drill.

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