Courtesy of Auburn Athletics
AUBURN, Ala. - The Auburn football team held its second scrimmage of
the season Saturday morning inside Jordan-Hare Stadium, running
approximately 70 plays in damp but cooler conditions.
Following the scrimmage, head coach Gene Chizik said that the Tigers
took a step forward in their preparation for the Sept. 4 season opener
against Arkansas State.
â€œI thought we got a lot accomplished,â€ said Chizik. â€œToday was a
good scrimmage. We got a great chance to look at a lot of the young guys
in a lot of ways. We did some live kickoffs and punt returns, and really
had a chance to evaluate some of our young talent. We really played them
a lot, offensively and defensively, as well.â€
Chizik stressed that it was important to get a good look at the
newcomers to help determine which players might play important roles
during the upcoming season.
â€œWhen you have 22 seniors, you have really good ideas of where they
stand,â€ said Chizik. â€œWe just have to know what our depth factor is
going to be. That was the means to the madness and when we scrimmage
again, we will probably do the same thing. There is no substitute for
going out there and doing it and the experience of it.â€
Chizik noted that much of the improvement shown by his squad in
comparison to the first scrimmage was in the mental aspect of the game.
â€œWe cut down on the mental mistakes in terms of penalties and things,
it was much better,â€ said Chizik. â€œThat was what we were looking
for, a noticeable improvement from scrimmage one to scrimmage two. I
think we got that today.â€
Chizik was also pleased with how hard the team worked, but noted that
there is still much room for improvement.
â€œTheir effort was really good,â€ said Chizik. â€œWe had some good
things happen on both sides of the ball, but again, we are a long way
away from where we need to be come game day. But, today was a great step
in the right direction.â€
The Tigers will return to the practice fields Sunday at 7:50 p.m. CT,
after participating in Fan Day presented by Golden Flake Snack Foods
from 2-4 p.m. The event is free of charge. Doors for Fan Day will open
at 1:45 p.m.
Chizik and the Auburn football team, Auburn men's basketball coach Tony
Barbee and his staff, the Auburn women's basketball team including head
coach Nell Fortner, along with the Auburn cheerleaders, Tiger Paws,
Aubie, and the soccer and volleyball teams will be available for
autographs. Posters and schedule cards will be provided at no charge.
Fans are asked to enter the Auburn Arena from the south side through
the doors leading in to the practice court facility. Fans interested in
obtaining Coach Chizik's autograph will be asked to enter the arena
through the Scholarship Entry on the southeast corner. There will not be
access to Coach Chizik's line inside the arena.
The Auburn football team will be staged on the main concourse of the
arena. The men's basketball staff, women's basketball team and staff,
Auburn cheerleaders, Tiger Paws, Aubie, and the soccer and volleyball
teams will be located in the practice court facility.
The upper concourse will be closed as will access to the main
Concessions and restrooms will be open for public use. The Auburn
Ticket Office will be open to take orders for Auburn football and
basketball tickets, and 2010 Auburn Football Media Guides will also be
available for purchase during Fan Day.
Auburn opens the 2010 season on Sept. 4 against Arkansas State at 6
p.m. CT in Jordan-Hare Stadium. The game will be televised by Fox Sports