Courtesy of Auburn Athletics
AUBURN, Ala. â€“ The Auburn football team held its second scrimmage of spring
practice Saturday morning, running approximately 80 plays inside
Jordan-Hare Stadium. The Tigers also spent half an hour of practice
concentrating on position drills and special teams, and did more special
teams work during halftime of the scrimmage.
Head coach Gene Chizik said that the Tigers' second scrimmage provided
a good opportunity for the team to work on a variety of different
â€œToday was a day where I feel that we went through a lot of different
scenarios that helped us,â€ said Chizik. â€œWe had explosive plays on
both sides of the ball, meaning some turnovers and some big plays both
in the running game and in the passing game. We covered a lot of
different situations out there today and it was good for our football
team. Overall, we accomplished what we needed to get on film to evaluate
guys better this weekend.â€
While Chizik praised the quarterbacks for their high completion
percentage, he was particular pleased with the effort made by the
receivers after catching the ball.
â€œThe thing that I liked is our yards after catch,â€ said Chizik.
â€œWide receivers were really making some guys miss. The defense was
tracking the ball hard and obviously offensively you want to make guys
miss in space, and some of that went on today. Thatâ€™s good to see
because yards after catch are going to be huge.â€
Chizik also noted that the running game had success at times but was
also stopped by the Tiger defense a number of times.
"Today our backs did a nice job hitting some seams," said Chizik. "My
suspicion is that it was probably 50-50 today. Our defensive line did a
really nice job at times of controlling the line of scrimmage, and there
were other times when backs hit some creases and gained some yards."
Auburn will take Sunday off before returning to the practice fields on
Monday morning at 9 a.m. The closed practice will be held on the
Athletic Complex fields.
Auburn's A-Day game will be held on Saturday, April 17, at 1 p.m. CT in
Jordan-Hare Stadium. Tickets are $5 for general fans and free for AU
students with an Auburn Ignited card.