Correction Sunday For Football Tigers

Coach Tommy Tuberville talks about Sunday's practice and reviews Saturday's second scrimmage for the Tigers.

Auburn, Ala.--The Auburn Tigers put the finishing touches on preseason camp Sunday with a two-hour practice in full pads. Coach Tommy Tuberville said it was good for his team to get back on the field and work on correcting the mistakes from Saturday's scrimmage before taking Monday off.

"We did a lot of team stuff full speed except for tackling," Tuberville said. "I thought we got better. We came back in the right frame of mind. The guys did a good job of working on the mistakes that they made. That's really the last time we'll go against each other that much in practice for a while. Tuesday we'll start in the morning about 9:30 with some scout teaming and working more on situations.

"We thought about today but we made so many mistakes yesterday we wanted their full attention today," he added. "They did a good job. I thought they bounced back good. We've got to get a little bit better leadership on tough days. Everybody has just been trying to survive the last week. The tempo we've got at has been tough on all of them."

The mistakes were early and often in Saturday's scrimmage according to Tuberville after watching the video. With 15 consecutive days, 18 practices, and no days off, Saturday was a test of endurance and concentration for the Tigers and Tuberville said it was a day that gave his team a good idea of how much work is ahead before the season opener.

"We didn't perform real good in most of our scrimmage yesterday," Tuberville said. "We kind of ran out of gas. We lost our concentration and made a lot of mental mistakes. We figured that before we watched the film but I wanted to wait and see. It looked like we were running with leg weights on but there were some good things.

"We made some plays," he added. "I thought defensively we stepped up about the middle of practice and made some plays on defense. Then we kind of lost our concentration and guys went through the wrong gaps and guys didn't use their hands. We didn't get off blocks. We didn't tackle well. We've got to get a lot better on defense."

Tuberville said the one position that stood out on Saturday was in the defensive secondary. Despite playing as many as five freshmen in the two-deep at times, Tuberville said many of the young guys stepped up their play.

"The bright spot was our defensive backs," Tuberville said. "I thought they covered well and broke on the ball. Mike Slade had probably the best scrimmage he's had. He really played well. I'm really proud of him. D'Antoine Hood stepped up. He looked like he had been out there a while along with Neiko Thorpe. Both of those guys are really making some progress. Harry Adams was hit and miss a little bit. He will play and made an interception but technique-wise he's got a ways to go."

On the offensive side of the ball the term consistency was used by Tuberville on Saturday. Sunday he said while they were consistent at times, it wasn't good enough from start to finish and that's something they've got to work on over the course of the next two weeks.

"Offensively I thought we made some plays with guys catching the ball and getting 10 or 15 yards downfield," Tuberville said. "We're learning to run North and South after the catch. Our offensive line came off the ball well for about the first 25 or 30 plays and then after that we didn't do very well.

"We lost our concentration and missed blocks. The defense threw a couple more different blitzes at them. I thought they adjusted well but it took a while. We're going to have to do a little bit better on the offensive line in making adjustments and figuring things out quicker."

On Monday the coaches will begin to evaluate positions and which freshmen will play and which will be headed to the scout team to help prepare the team for the season. They'll also begin to work on a depth chart to open the season. One position that will likely be a battle days and even hours before kickoff is at quarterback where Tuberville said both Kodi Burns and Chris Todd stepped up.

"Both of the quarterbacks did well," Tuberville said. "We threw the long ball pretty good, a little bit better than we have. We threw some good corner routes. I thought we caught the ball better other than a couple of guys. We had about five drops early on crucial down and distance situations that could have been a lot better. We've got to catch the ball a lot more consistently."

On the injury front the Tigers suffered just one serious injury on Saturday as freshman defensive end Jomarcus Savage banged up his left shoulder in the action. Tuberville said Savage is scheduled to have an MRI on Monday to determine the extent of the damage. Running backs Brad Lester and Tristan Davis were held out of Saturday's scrimmage with minor bumps and bruises. Tuberville said neither practiced Sunday but both would be back on Tuesday.

Mario Fannin was back on the field for the Tigers on Sunday.

On the good news front sophomore Mario Fannin returned to practice and missing the last few days with a tight hamstring. Tuberville said the wide receiver looked good after resting his leg. Offensive lineman Chaz Ramsey was also back at practice but only as an observer while still resting his back. Tuberville said they'll continue to evaluate him and hope to have him back practicing soon.

Andre Wadley was also back at practice in an observer's role after suffering heat related problems during the summer. Tuberville said it would likely be at least a few more weeks before Wadley could even begin to do physical activity but he would be starting school on Monday as scheduled.

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Tuberville said at the moment they are still waiting on Reggie Hunt's eligibility and they're hoping to get word on Monday. He also said as of right now everything looks good on the academic front for his team following the summer semester. "It looks good," he said. "Summer grades look good. We've got a few more that have to come in. They are dribbling in."

One player that is still working to get on the field is sophomore defensive back Ryan Williams. Practicing with the team at the moment, Tuberville was asked on Sunday if Williams was eligible to play. "If he gets out of my dog house he will be," Tuberville said. "He's doing good out there though. We would love for him to step up because that's an area we're not abundant in depth or experience, of course he doesn't have much either. He's got to get out of the dog house."


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