AUBURN, Ala. – The 19th-ranked Auburn Tigers began week two of the 2011 season with an early evening practice on Monday. After taking Sunday night off, the team hit the field for their first session since Saturday's thrilling 42-38 win over Utah State.
Despite picking up the win, the coaching staff found plenty of areas in need of improvement heading into Saturday's SEC opener.
"There were way too many mistakes, things that we can control, and things that we can get better at," defensive coordinator Ted Roof said. "It wasn't any one group or any one thing, it was a combination of things. We all have to work to get it fixed and that's what we are doing."
That work began on Sunday. Forced inside by rainy conditions in and around the city, the Tigers practiced for a little more than an hour in shorts and helmets in the new indoor practice facility.
The staff is hoping the young team – a group saw 21 freshmen play in the opener – can make a big jump from week one to week two.
"We all have to do our part to get better," Roof said. "We've got to get better in a hurry. You know the old adage that you get better between game one and game two, well that better hold true for us this week.
"Our kids are focused. They understand what happened, but at the same time we won the football game. We've got a lot of work to do. That's what we are addressing and moving forward to get things fixed and cleaned up so we can play a much better football game against Mississippi State."
Auburn will tangle with Mississippi State on Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Kickoff is set for 11:21 a.m., and the game will be televised by the SEC Network.