No Rest For The Weary, Tigers Work On MSU

Auburn defensive coordinator Ted Roof discusses the win over Arkansas State and preparing for Mississippi State.

Auburn, Ala.--With only five days to get ready for Thursday night's SEC opener at Mississippi State, the Auburn Tigers got back to practice with a late workout on Sunday night. Coming off a 52-26 win over Arkansas State Saturday night and on the practice field less then 24 hours later, defensive coordinator Ted Roof said it was a busy day for the team as they did double duty.

"We spent part of our time today getting mistakes corrected from the Arkansas State game last night," said Ted Roof, Auburn's defensive coordinator. "But, we put that to bed and have started our initial preparation for Mississippi State. The coaches are getting the schedule mapped out for us this week and it is our job to get them ready to play."

Many of the mistakes were a result of missed tackles and just some mix-ups in coverages. Those are the types of things that are to be expected in the opening game of the season but Roof said they can't afford to make the same mistakes in week two against a physical and much improved Mississippi State offense.

"We were too inconsistent," Roof said. "We've got to do a better job of getting off blocks, especially on the perimeter. I thought our run defense was improved. We were good on third down. Just the inconsistencies, that's the thing we've got to work on. If there were 10 people doing it right inevitably that one guy is always found.

"We've got to make sure that we're operating in a more efficient manner than we were Saturday night. There were some good things but some things we've got to get corrected quickly in order to go down to Starkville and have a chance to win."

The good news for the Tigers is that part of the preparation for the Bulldogs has already been done. Because the coaches knew the week was going to be so tough on the players they put in some initial work on both offense and defense during the preseason and can now pick up where they left off this week in the gameplan phase of practices.

"We spent time this summer on an initial gameplan for Mississippi State because we knew the turnaround was going to be so quick," Roof said. "Encompassing that with a road game this didn't hit us by surprise. That being said, you can't focus on anything but the first game of the season. Now there is a tremendous sense of urgency to get better and get better in a hurry."

On the injury front freshman cornerback Chris Davis is still sore after tweaking an ankle in the fourth quarter of Saturday's victory. Coach Gene Chizik said he was day-to-day as they gauge his recovery time. Also wide receiver Trovon Reed did not play against Arkansas State but could be ready to go by Thursday night if he makes enough improvement on his bruised knee.

Kickoff for Thursday night's game is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. and can be seen nationally on ESPN.

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