Auburn practice focuses on offense's tempo

AUBURN, AL. - The Auburn football team held its third scrimmage of the season Tuesday evening, running approximately 80 plays inside Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Following the scrimmage, head coach Gene Chizik said that much of the focus of the scrimmage was on increasing the tempo of the offense.

"Offensively, we tried to work our pace a little bit more, just trying to get a rhythm and get a fast pace going right now, which was very effective," said Chizik. "It was good for us to work on that for both sides of the ball, and we were very productive in doing that."

Chizik noted that while both the offense and defense had positives and negatives, getting more experience for the younger players was vital and will help determine which newcomers may see playing time this season.

"There was some good and some bad on both sides of the ball, but we got a lot of work with the young kids," said Chizik. "We will look at the tape and we will see where we have to go from here, and hopefully make some more decisions in the next few days on who is going to help us."

One player that coach Chizik singled out for his performance was senior wide receiver Kodi Burns.

"I have to give Kodi Burns a lot of credit," said Chizik. "He has taken it as a personal thing to help us on special teams, where he has really improved. As a pass-catching receiver, he has done some nice things and I am proud of where he has come. He is just a great Auburn guy and I really appreciate his efforts, and so do his teammates."

The scrimmage was Auburn's third in the last six days, but Chizik noted that although they have been beneficial, they will become less frequent as the season opener approaches.

"I have to give the team a lot of credit," said Chizik. "They are really trying to press through. It has been pretty taxing, but that is by design. We know as we get closer, those are going to get few and far between. Tonight was good work and they needed it."

The Tigers will take Wednesday off for the first day of classes for the fall semester. The team will return to the practice fields Thursday at 5 p.m. CT.

Auburn opens the 2010 season on Sept. 4 against Arkansas State at 6 p.m. CT in Jordan-Hare Stadium. The game will be televised by Fox Sports Net.

INFORMATION SOURCE: Auburn University Athletics