AUBURN, Ala. - The Auburn football team held its final non-game week practice on Friday, with a session that lasted more than two hours in Jordan-Hare Stadium. It was a situational practice for the Tigers, as the team ran through as many game scenarios as possible to prepare for the 2009 season opener.
Following the practice, head coach Gene Chizik explained the necessity of going through the game simulation.
"Today we went through a lot of situations out on the field that we know we're going to face, both offensively and defensively," said Chizik. "It was kind of a fast-moving day that really just covered situations. We needed it. It was very glaring what we needed to get accomplished. We think we got a lot out of it today."
In addition to running through the game scenarios, the Tigers did also continue to do many of their typical practice drills, including special teams, individual and position drills, and working against the scout teams.
Chizik also noted following practice that junior Neil Caudle has been selected as the Tigers' back-up quarterback behind senior Chris Todd.
"Neil has really come on," said Chizik. "He's worked really hard for this. I'm proud of him. The last three or four days he's taken a lot of reps and I feel good about where he is as the back-up right now. If he has a chance to go in a football game we feel he gives us the best chance to win."
The squad will take Saturday off before returning to the practice fields at 4:40 p.m. CT on Sunday, as the Tigers begin game-week preparations for Louisiana Tech.
The Tigers will open the 2009 season on Sept. 5 vs. the Bulldogs at Jordan-Hare Stadium. The game will kick off at 6 p.m. CT and be televised by ESPNU.