AU Tigers hold third scrimmage Tuesday

The 19th-ranked Auburn football team held its third scrimmage of preseason camp with a two-hour session inside Jordan-Hare Stadium Tuesday morning.

Auburn opened the day going through positional and special teams drills and then moved into the scrimmage which went just over 30 plays. The Auburn coaching staff used the scrimmage as an opportunity to give the younger players a more thorough look as fall camp enters its final days.

"Today's practice went well, it was a half practice and we did a little bit of scrimmage at the end," said head coach Gene Chizik. "We were mostly looking young guys. We wanted to give them the opportunity again to make some progress when it comes to assignments, alignments, and again there is no substitute for live 11-on-11."

The morning practice was the first of two on Tuesday. The Tigers will re-group in the evening for a special teams-focused practice. It marks the final two-a-day for fall camp as classes at Auburn begin Wednesday.

"When school starts, their life changes - they have class, tutoring, study halls, they have a whole plethora of things they have to do," said Chizik. "It changes things some, but we will do all we can do to get them ready to play in the time we have been allotted."

Chizik also took time after the scrimmage to recognize eight walk-on players who were awarded with scholarships at a team meeting Monday night. Those given scholarships were center Blake Burgess, kicker Chris Brooks, safety Ikeem Means, running back Davis Hooper, running back Chris Humphries, offensive lineman Aubrey Phillips, linebacker Ashton Richardson and wide receiver Nathan Taylor.

"We had a really great team meeting last night and gave out some scholarships to some walk-ons that absolutely, 100 percent deserve it," said Chizik. "I really appreciate what they have done for Auburn and for our football team. We were able to give a great reward to guys that deserve it."