AUBURN - The Auburn football team opened game-week preparations for South Carolina with a 60-minute practice on the practice field behind the Auburn Athletic Complex Sunday evening. The game against the Gamecocks will be the Southeastern Conference home opener for the Tigers.
The Tigers' offensive and defensive units worked against the scout teams and mixed in positional and special teams drills during the Sunday practice session.
"Tonight, we focused on a lot of things we needed to clean up from yesterday's performance, by position and as a unit," said Auburn defensive coordinator Ted Roof. "South Carolina is a very good football team, a physical team that has their running game going, an accurate quarterback, some receivers that are big play people and a physical offensive line. So, we have our work cut out for us."
Roof's defense will be challenged by a South Carolina offense that is averaging 392.3 yards per game. Freshman running back Marcus Lattimore leads the team with 111 rushing yards per game, ranking second in the SEC. Receiver Alshon Jeffery leads the team with an SEC-leading 20 catches for 306 yards this season.
The game against South Carolina is just the ninth all-time between the two teams and the fifth since the Gamecocks joined the SEC. The Tigers lead the all-time series with a 6-1-1 mark and are 2-0 when playing in Auburn.
The Tigers are coming off a 27-24 overtime win against Clemson on Saturday. Auburn overcame a 17-0 deficit, marking the first time the Tigers were down by at least 17 points and came back to win since Sept. 28, 2002, when Auburn trailed Syracuse 17-0 before coming back to win 37-34 in three overtimes. Auburn also improved to 6-5 all-time in overtime games with the win.
The Tigers will take their customary in-season day off on Monday before returning to the practice fields Tuesday afternoon.
No. 17 Auburn (3-0) will return to action at 6:45 p.m. CT, Saturday against No. 12 South Carolina (3-0) at Pat Dye Field at Jordan-Hare Stadium. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN and ESPN 3D.