Tigers Work on Details for A-Day Game

Comments from Tommy Tuberville, Paul Rhoads and Tony Franklin are featrued in Auburn's final practice prior to Saturday's spring football game.

Auburn, Ala.--Cloudy skies and the threat of rain was the setting for Auburn's last practice before its annual A-day spring football game. The Tigers drilled in shorts, jerseys and helmets during Friday's light practice.

Special teams and organization were the main subjects of the pre-game session, which was the 13th of 15 spring practice days.

"All we did today was have a little walk-through and get our personnel ready for the kicking game," head coach Tommy Tuberville said. "We tried to make sure everyone is organized so we can try to get something out of tomorrow.

"We are going to throw it a few more times than we are going to run it, obviously, with our running backs down a little bit," Tuberville added. "Next week we will have a little bit more balanced practice."

The Tigers plan to have final spring scrimmage on Wednesday.

Tailback Ben Tate was dressed out Friday, but saw limited action. Tailback Brad Lester missed practice because of class and another tailback, Tristan Davis, who has been bothered by a sore foot was not present either

Auburn threw the ball a good deal in the practice to prepare for how much Tuberville's team plans to air it out during the A-day game.

"We want to put the pressure on the quarterbacks, receivers, DBs and linebackers tomorrow," Tuberville said. "We'll see if we can make some completions."

The kicking game was an important part of the afternoon session with punting and field goals taking precedent. Kickoff practice was also on the docket Friday, however, don't expect to see that as part of the A-day scrimmage.

"You will see punts--we will fair-catch all punts," Tuberville said. "On the other side, we will kick field goals and extra points--no kickoffs and no kickoff returns."

Coach Tony Franklin wasn't particularly thrilled with the play of his quarterbacks during the practice. He will be looking for improvement from both co-first team players, Kodi Burns and Chris Todd, on Saturday.

"We didn't show good signs of maturity," Franklin said. "But that's something I have to do a better job of coaching."

Commenting on Todd and Burns, the offensive coordinator and QB coach said, "Right now neither one of them is ahead of the other one as far as saying this guy has an edge on the other one. They are both good at different things and if one guy doesn't become phenomenal at one thing and at least good at the other, then they will both play."

New defensive coordinator Paul Rhoads commented on what he is expecting out of his unit in his first Auburn A-day game. His defense will be on display for the first time in front of Auburn fans, as opposed to offensive coordinator Franklin, who was able to implement some of his offense before Auburn's Peach Bowl game against Clemson.

"I want to see a football team that tackles well," Rhoads said. "I want to see a football team use excellent fundamentals and I want to see a football team hustle for the entire length of the game. If I see those types of things I'll be pleased."

Even though Saturday's A-Day game (1 p.m. kickoff) is just one of four spring scrimmages, Rhoads says he not taking it lightly. He wants to see improvement and he wants to see intensity from his squad.

"Every time you put the helmet on and set out to work, it's important," he said. "We won't take this lightly in any way, shape or fashion. Health is important to us tomorrow as much as anything, but we want to see effort and we want to see execution."


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