Auburn looks to rebound against Kentucky

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AUBURN, AL - The Auburn football team continued to prepare for Saturday's game against Kentucky with a two-hour practice Wednesday at the practice fields behind the Athletics Complex.

Cooler temperatures and overcast skies greeted the Tigers on the practice fields, but the rain that soaked the fields in the morning held off in the afternoon, allowing Auburn to conduct its practice with no distractions.

The Tiger started practice with special teams before breaking into individual and group drills. After more special teams work, much of the latter half of practice involved the offensive and defensive units working against the scout teams.

Following practice, head coach Gene Chizik said that the team has been practicing well this week, and has been more physical in its workouts.

"I'm really proud of our focus," said Chizik. "I think guys got re-focused back in on what it is that we needed to do. We've had two good days of practice. I thought they were a little bit more physical than we've had in the past, so that was good to see. We have another day of practice tomorrow where we need to continue to have some consistency in the way we're preparing, but I fully expect that to happen."

After two straight Southeastern Conference road games, Auburn (5-1, 2-1 SEC) returns home to battle Kentucky (2-3, 0-3 SEC) Saturday evening. It will be the first meeting between the two teams since 2005, when Auburn earned a 49-27 victory in Lexington. It will also be the fifth straight home night game for the Tigers, who are 19-3 in home night games since the 2003 season.

Kickoff for Saturday's game at Jordan-Hare Stadium is at 6:45 p.m. CT. The game will be televised by ESPNU.