Chizik Pleased As Tigers Get Back to Work

News, notes and quotes from Auburn's football practice are featured.

Auburn, Ala.--Following a day off on Wednesday, the Auburn football Tigers were back on practice field Thursday evening for a workout in shorts, helmets and shoulder pads focused on teaching and correcting mistakes from the third preseason scrimmage held on Tuesday night.

Coach Gene Chizik said the session was a good one and noted that the Tigers will practice again on Friday evening before returning to Jordan-Hare Stadium for scrimmage four of the preseason on Saturday, which will be two weeks out from opening night vs. Arkansas State.

"I thought the tempo was good, I though the focus was good," Chizik said of his team's session.

Commenting on what he saw after grading the video of the scrimmage that was dominated by the offense, Chizik said he also saw some good play by defensive players, too. "Overall, it was kind of back and forth and those are the kind of inconsistencies we are trying to continue to address, but there were a lot of good things all-around.

"Obviously, we are happy there are two weeks left so we can get some things fixed," he added. "We haven't started to game plan and zero in on anything yet so there is a lot of information that both sides of the ball are trying to process. When we narrow things down, there will be less mistakes and things of that nature."

Freshman receiver Trovon Reed concentrates on catching the football in a drill on Thursday.

In other news:

*Senior cornerback Demond Washington said that he is excited that walk-on senior cornerback Woody Parramore was rewarded for his hard work in practice by being put on scholarship this week. "Woody deserved it," Washington said. "That guy goes full speed in practice all of the time."

*Chizik said that freshman defensive ends Craig Sanders and Corey Lemonier are continuing to make progress. Both are expected to see significant action this season. "Craig is continuing to improve," Chizik said. "He has stayed on the track from spring ball of really trying to step by step become a better player.

"Corey falls into the category of being a lot things to learn. With our young guys again it is that step by step journey they have got to take to learn it all, but they are both doing very well."

*Another newcomer at defensive end, junior college transfer Joel Bonomolo, is still being evaluated, the head coach noted. The junior missed the Tuesday scrimmage with an injury, but should be back in action soon. "He has been a little beat up...It is nothing serious, but it is something that can put you behind," said Chizik, who added that Bonomolo is a "great effort" guy.

*Offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn said after grading video of the scrimmage that the execution needs to improve. The coach said the staff hasn't made final decisions on questions like who will be the No. 2 quarterback or who will be the starting right tackle, but they are getting closer to figuring those things out with game planning time just around the corner.

*Malzahn said that true freshman H-back Shaun Kitchens is making progress after getting plenty of work in the preseason scrimmages. "He is doing a good job," said Malzahn, who added, "He is a big, athletic guy who can run. He is one of those guys who has a chance to help." Malzahn said that Kitchens is still learning the offense and needs to become consistent, but added, "If he stays with it and will work hard and be completely committed, which I?really believe he will, then he will have a chance to help us."

*Defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Ted Roof had praise after practice for freshman linebacker LaDarius Owens for having a good Thursday practice.

*Roof said that he likes what he has seen from safety Aairon Savage, who is practicing with confidence despite his two-year layoff from playing a football game.

*Senior linebacker Josh Bynes said a focus in preseason practice has been improving the production on third downs. Bynes said if the Tigers can do that it will make a major difference in the group's overall performance in games.

Bynes, who was put on the watch list for the Butkus Award this week that goes to the nation's top linebacker, found out about it after practice on Thursday night. He said he was honored, but added that football is a team game. "It's not all about me,"?he said. "It is about me working together with the other 10 guys on the field.


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