Tigers practice as game week continues

The No. 19 Auburn football team returned to the practice fields Wednesday night as it continued to work toward the fast-approaching season opener against Utah State.

The team practiced for just more than 90 minutes, moving into the new indoor practice facility for the second half of practice. The Tigers worked out in shorts and pads, focusing on positional drills in the first part of practice before moving into special teams work and finally situational drills.

Head coach Gene Chizik was pleased with the team's energy in practice with Auburn now less than 72 hours from its season-opener.

"Tonight was a really crisp practice and I thought there was a lot of high energy, as you would expect getting close to game time," said Chizik. "We worked a lot of different situations, as we have been spending a lot of time out here lately. Overall, the focus was really good, and I think we are getting closer to getting ready to play."

After almost a month of fall camp, Chizik said he was happy with the health of his team heading into the season-opener.

"It has been a long camp and obviously injuries are a bit part of the season as it unfolds," said Chizik. "Right now, I feel like our team is about as healthy as we can be."

Auburn hosts Utah State to begin the 2011 season on Saturday, September 3, with kickoff scheduled for 11 a.m. CT. The game will be televised by ESPN2.