Tuesday Auburn Football Practice Notes

The Auburn football team returned to the practice field to prepare for Saturday night's SEC showdown.

Auburn, Ala.--The Tigers got a break from the hot and muggy weather they have practiced in during recent weeks with temperatures in the 70s at Tuesday's session, their second practice of the week as they prepare for LSU.

Coach Tommy Tuberville's team worked out for more than two hours in full pads in preparation for their first test this season against a nationally ranked team with LSU No. 6 in both major polls. Kickoff on Saturday is 6:45 p.m. from Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Practice notes:

*Linebacker Chris Evans says the scout team gave the defense a good look at the LSU offense in today's workout. "They know the task at hand--what we have got to do," the senior says. "They came out and gave us a great look. The defense, I think, will be prepared very well for our task coming."

*Except for some work against the running backs, all of the defensive work in team drills was against the scout team.

*The offense also worked against the scout team. Wide receiver Montez Billings notes the coaches are still irritated about Saturday night's offensive performance and have been drilling the players on that side of the football about the importance of doing "the little things correctly."

Billings adds, "If we take care of those little things, we will score a lot more points and have more success moving the ball like we expected when we started the season."

*On the subject of Billings, he went into last week's game, a 3-2 win at Mississippi State, close to full speed. At Tuesday's practice he noted that he was 100 percent. He was bothered in preseason with a nagging hamstring problem that caused him to miss the opening game.

*Antonio Coleman says that he and a lot of his teammates on defense have spent extra time this week studying video of LSU's offense. "They have a big physical running back in Charles Scott and a lot of talented players," the junior defensive end says. "One thing that stands out about LSU is that huge offensive line. They are big and they are talented."

Coleman says the Tigers got better on defense throughout the practice on Tuesday and says the key to winning on Saturday night will be to come back and have productive practices on Wednesday evening and Thursday morning. "Coach Rhoads believes games are won and lost by what we do in practice during the week," he says.

*Offensive lineman Ryan Pugh notes the offense worked on elminating mistakes on Tuesday, which he called one of the best practices of the season from an offensive perspective. He says the crowd noise wasn't the problem with the false starts vs. Mississippi State except for possibly one occasion.


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