The Tigers, who worked out for two hours splitting time between the football complex fields and the stadium, drilled in shorts on what Tuberville called "adjustment day." On Thursday morning the Tigers will practice again for what the coach says will be "polish day."
For the first time the players got to watch the pre-game videos that will be shown when they enter the field and then a second video that will be played 90 seconds left before kickoff.
The tunnel entrance video is a remix of the song "Are You Ready" by the group Three Days Grace. It will include highlights of last season's Auburn football team and former big plays in Auburn history.
The second video features the theme "We Believe" with appearances by key Auburn players such as Sen'Derrick Marks, Tyronne Green and Jerraud Powers. The music will be dramatic, big screen movie style designed to get the players and crowd pumped up for the kickoff.
Tuberville notes that he wanted to let the players see the videos to let them know what was going on and make it fun for his Tigers. The Tigers are expected to dress out around 90 players for the opener.
One of the players who will be making his collegiate debut on Saturday night is redshirt freshman safety Mike Slade. "I am definitely going to have butterflies when I step out on the field for the first time, but I was talking to my dad about that and he said that is a good thing. I am ready for the opening kickoff."
Slade, who made the move from cornerback to safety this year, is backing up redshirt sophomore Zach Etheridge. Slade notes that he expects the front seven to make a lot of good plays this season.
"The defensive front is looking real good," he says. "Gabe McKenzie just moved over there to help us out and he is looking good. We have A.C. (Antonio Coleman), Sen'Derrick Marks and all of those boys. We will be strong up front.
Looking at the offense, Slade says the receivers look ready to show what they can do on Saturday night vs. the Warhawks. "They are definitely getting better. That young receiver, Philip Pierre-Louis, has been standing out, and other young guys like Quindarius Carr and Chris Slaughter have been standing out in practice, too."
Linebacker Blackmon says the defense will be looking to try to make more big plays than it did last year when the Tigers forced 10 lost fumbles and intercepted 14 passes. "We have a lot of guys who can really run and get to the football and make big hits," he says. "We have a lot of good athletes on this team who play with heart, enthusiasm and pride."
The junior notes he is looking forward to watching the offense in action on Saturday night. "Those guys have come a long way since the bowl game," he says. "Guys continue to get better on that side of the ball and I think we can go a long way with this offense."
In other news and notes on the Tigers:
*Andy Burcham will do the play-by-play broadcast of the pay per view telecast with Cole Cubelic working as the analyst. The game is available in the states of Alabama and Louisiana on local cable systems. DirecTV and Dish Network owners in those two states can subscribe to the pay per view telecast also. Other home disher owners should call 1-800-TV-STARS to order the telecast.
*Rod Bramblett will handle the play by play radio coverage with help from analyst Stan White and sideline reporter Quentin Riggins. Andy Burcham will do a postgame locker room report and Paul Ellen is the Auburn Network's studio host. In addition to the 50-plus stations in the Auburn Network, the game will be available on XM satellite radio channel 144.
*Auburn goes into the opener ranked 10th and 11th in the major polls. ULM is 0-15 all-time against teams in the Top 25 and is 0-6 vs. Auburn.
*Tuberville says he talked to the players at the Wednesday practice about how important getting the substitutions done properly will be. "We probably have got a dozen or so guys it is the first time they will ever play in a college football game," he notes. "We made mistakes in substitution over there in terms of special teams. It's good to do it today instead of Saturday. It's always the guys that have never played. They don't know what is going on and how urgent every situation is, but that is the reason you practice."
*The head coach says he likes the way the defense has looked at practice this week.