Tigers Have Short But Productive Friday

Auburn Coach Tommy Tuberville talks about Friday's practice and getting his team ready for the season opener.

Auburn, Ala.--Holding back many of the players that have been banged up in preseason practice, the Auburn Tigers had a short practice on Friday afternoon concentrating on the kicking game and scout team work before taking Saturday off. Coach Tommy Tuberville said they want to make sure the team is as fresh as possible when they get into game week beginning Sunday.

"We've got a lot done," Tuberville said. "We're probably farther along in terms of scout teams. We normally don't go to scout teams before we take the day off, but we've got most of our gameplan in. Next week we'll just brush up on it. We'll do some individual work next week but very little physical work. Nothing really full speed. We'll have a little contact but not a whole lot. We're just trying to get everybody back and get them a little bit more to a point where they can go full speed longer. I thought last year we probably didn't recover as quickly going into the first few games."

With injuries hampering running back Tristan Davis (leg), Bart Eddins (shoulder) and Jomarcus Savage (shoulder) for much of the last week of practice, there is a question about their availability for the season opener. While Tuberville didn't name any players specifically, he said there are several that will have to be evaluated into early next week before a decision is made.

"We'll know more Sunday," Tuberville said. "There will be a couple that might not be available. We'll wait until they go through treatments. They'll get treatments tonight and then three tomorrow and one on Sunday morning before we meet. We'll have a little better idea."

Two players that won't be available are offensive lineman Chaz Ramsey and defensive lineman Andre Wadley. Bothered with back problems, Ramsey was out at Friday's practice but still hasn't participated in physical work. Tuberville said they have three weeks to decide on a possible redshirt for Ramsey or if he'll be able to play this season. Wadley's heat related problem will mean a definite redshirt for him according to Tuberville.

On Thursday night Tuberville said he had the chance to have the seniors in his home for the annual senior dinner. While it gives them a chance to spend time together, Tuberville said it's also a chance for him to get feedback from the guys on a lot of different situations on the team heading into a new season.

"I usually let the seniors talk about their position and what they think about the young guys on the team," Tuberville said. "Who can help and who is into it mentally. It's pretty beneficial for me to hear their perspective on how guys are focused and not focused. Then we talk about leadership and how we're going to handle the season. I let them make a lot of the decisions in terms of dress, meals, pregame snacks and those kinds of things."

Harry Adams is one of the freshmen on the fence according to Tuberville.

One of the freshmen that is on the edge of playing this season is freshman defensive back Harry Adams. While fellow signees Neiko Thorpe and D'Antoine Hood are virtual locks to see action at cornerback, Tuberville said Adams still has some work to do to move into that group.

"Harry is on the borderline," Tuberville said. "He's sitting on that fence. Out of the three right now he would probably be the third guy out of the freshmen. We're going to sit around and talk Sunday morning about special teams because he's been working on all of them. If he can be beneficial enough to play and play at corner is yet to be determined."

The Tigers will take Saturday off with many of the players making a visit to Storybook Farms in Opelika before returning to the practice field Sunday afternoon. Kickoff for next Saturday's opener against Louisiana-Monroe is scheduled for 6 p.m. and it's available on a Pay-Per-View basis only.


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