Malzahn: Kentucky "very solid"

AUBURN – The No. 8 Auburn football team continued to prepare for its upcoming game at Kentucky with a physical, two-hour workout in full pads Tuesday evening at the practice fields behind the Athletics Complex.

Tuesday's practice started with special teams work before the Tigers moved to individual and position drills. More special teams drills were conducted midway through the practice, with scout team preparation filling the latter half of practice.

Following practice, offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn said he was pleased with his offense's display during Auburn's 52-3 victory over ULM last Saturday.

"We got off to a fast start, which was very important," said Malzahn. "We made a couple of big plays early that gave us some momentum. The thing we have to improve on was that we put the ball in jeopardy a few times. We had an interception and a couple of close calls. But I was really pleased overall with our guys and I felt like they answered the bell and played solid football."

Although he was happy with the performance against ULM, Malzahn said this week's opponent – Kentucky – will present a new set of challenges for the Tigers.

"They're very solid," said Malzahn. "You can tell they're very well-coached. Their run-fits are good. They fly around to the ball."

Kentucky leads the SEC in pass defense (141.8) and is fifth in total defense (308.0). Junior linebacker Danny Trevathan leads the team in tackles (42 – tied for third most in the SEC) and tackles for loss (8.0).

The Tigers returned to the practice fields Wednesday at 5 p.m.

Saturday's game between Auburn (5-0, 2-0 SEC) and Kentucky (3-2, 0-2 SEC) will kick off at 6:30 p.m. CT. The game will be televised by ESPN2.