The Auburn football team practiced nearly two hours Friday morning in shorts, working on installations and fundamentals prior to Saturday morning's closed scrimmage at Jordan-Hare Stadium. It was the Tigers' ninth workout of spring drills.
"There were a lot of good things about this morning," said a pleased defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder. "I really enjoyed the design of practice, the situations we're giving our guys. (They're learning) how to play situational football, which is really critical. Within the fundamentals of the game, we're seeing some improvements."
Looking ahead to Saturday's scrimmage, VanGorder said, "I think there are two areas right now where we need to concentrate. We need to cut down mental errors throughout positions, and directly tied into that, we can't give up the explosive plays. I'd like to see that not happen in this scrimmage."
Auburn offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler said, "Right now, where I think we are, the birds are going to the right spots, it's how we're getting to those right spots.
"We need to continue with our fundamental work, we need to continue with our technique, but generally speaking, the guys are picking up the system quite well. We just need to really focus on these last four or five days working on fundamentals and improving our technique."
In Saturday's scrimmage, Loeffler and the offense are looking for "toughness, which is standard. We're going to try to go out there and establish some toughness and mentality. The defense is going to go out there and try to stop the run, and we're going to try to run the ball.
"It will be a great evaluation to see where we're at after 10 days. But we're looking for toughness, we're looking for mentality, we're looking to be able to run the offense without coaches being out there. It will be a great learning experience for all involved."