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To See Where You are Going, You Have to Know Where You Have Been (Fall Practice)

By on August 6th, 2013 in Featured Article, Football 10 Comments »
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Back in the good ole days, two-a-days meant just that, two hard, physical, hit ‘em in the mouth practices on fields with not much grass. They were usually conducted early in the morning or late in the evening to beat the summer heat. Nowadays, there are not many of any real two-a-day practices. IMO, after last years train wreck, I think the Tigers need some toughening up and getting back to hard nosed football. I know all about the argument of minimizing injuries, but if you can’t match “tough” for “tough” like we did not do last year, why not?

I remember back in my high school days part of the reason for two-a-day practice was to run off some of the “go out for football to impress girls” players and the ones who would not gut it out every play of every game. It worked every time, each new practice saw fewer bodies on the field. The name of the movie escapes me but the Bear would try to break his players down to make them stronger, and it usually worked. Of course the NCAA limits the number of practices and you can’t do the good ole days thing.

In days past at AU, fall practices were conducted on the intramural fields. It was the home of fall Auburn football but it was not a very inviting one. In 2007 AU did some extensive work on the fields and they were much better. Quentin Groves said “It’s a mental thing, I think the coaches do this just to get in our heads.” One reason Auburn used the intramural fields for practice, other than saving the grass on the regular practice fields, was to provide easy access for fans. Fans could park and walk a short distance, plunk down and watch practice. That is the biggest casualty of the AU fall practice. Now you need a press credential and fans have a hard time watching anything.

Personally, I wish the Tigers would go back to more openness in practices and hide the Gus Bus  sneaky stuff for a later practice behind closed doors. In big time college football there aren’t many secrets so why not let the fans have more access to practices. It would get everyone more excited, make them feel closer to the team, and give the players an audience, albeit a small one, to play in front of.

What do you think? Should the Tigers go to more open practices or stay in seclusion?

Stop me if you have heard this one
What shoud you do if you find three Bammers buried up to their necks in cement?
Get more cement.

10 Comments

  1. restless6 says:

    I don’t have an issue with closed practice. It keeps spies away.

  2. Third Generation Tiger Third Generation Tiger says:

    I say keep practices closed to everyone, ESPECIALLY reporters. Opponents glean enough intel from game film.

  3. mikeautiger says:

    Mixed feelings about the open practices, but I think they need those tough practices like the old days. If it didn’t kill, you it made you stronger….we definitely missed out on the stronger the last few years. So what if we get some injuries the tough practices will grow someone to step up. Besides if you are not going to be tough enough to play your best then it does not matter if you are not injured.

  4. Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

    I say open them up-at least some of them. Trick plays still worked back in the day before everything went into black-out super sekrit territory. Plus, even if the opposing team KNOWS what’s coming, it comes down to execution. Just ask Bill Belichick with his spygate. It’s not like the Patriots were taking over the NFL with his spies all over the place secretly taping other teams’ practices, etc.

  5. audude audude says:

    Love the Bammer jokes! Even if they are old. Don’t get enough of them up here in Ohio.

    • MyAuburn MyAuburn says:

      I know a bunch of newer ones but most can’t be put on this site, if you know what I mean.

  6. AUJTJarhead AUJTJarhead says:

    Train harder than your opponent, or probably lose.

    • MyAuburn MyAuburn says:

      Amen, since your name is AUJT Jarhead and I see your pic, I think I know you know how much value training means. If you are better trained and better prepared than the enemy, you win!

  7. War_Eagle_2010 War_Eagle_2010 says:

    They should at least open up practices during drills, that way your not revealing any actual plays but fans still get the chance to see the players work.