Chizik pleased with Thursday practice

AUBURN, AL. - The Auburn football team returned to the practice fields Thursday evening, working out for more than two hours in shoulder pads and shorts. It marked the first practice for the Tigers since the start of the fall semester on Wednesday.

The practice opened with special teams work before the team shifted to individual and position drills. Following more special teams practice, much of the latter half of the workout focused on team work, with the offense and defense coming together to work against each other at the close of practice.

Following the workout, head coach Gene Chizik said that he was pleased with the team's first practice since Tuesday night's scrimmage.

"Today was a really good day," said Chizik. "We went out and did a lot of teaching today, circling back from the scrimmage and going back to the beginning, addressing all the things from the scrimmage where we weren't quite sharp enough. It was the first day since school started that we practiced, and I thought the tempo was good and the focus was good. It was a good practice today."

The Tigers will return to the practice fields on Friday at 5 p.m. The team is scheduled to hold its fourth scrimmage of fall camp on Saturday morning inside Jordan-Hare Stadium.

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.