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Auburn spring practice gets more physical

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AUBURN, Ala. -

The fifth practice of the spring is in the books for the Auburn Tigers.

Gus Malzahn has said practice would be physically taxing for his team.

Encouragement and motivation is how Auburn coaches prepare their players for football mentally. But, the intense practices are testing their physical conditioning.

 "We are being very physical," said Auburn Head Coach Gus Malzahn. "We are straining their bodies physically. We are asking a lot of them. That's the good thing. We are getting them out of their comfort zone. A lot of times when you do that, you find out a whole lot of information."

Even Coach Malzahn joins in on the fast pace in practice. The players are constantly moving from one drill to the next.

All the players from Auburn agree that these practices have been more physical than some others they have had in the past. But, they say it has them jacked up for the first scrimmage this weekend.

That excitement shows on the field.

Sammie Coates was trying to find a teammate to headbutt on Wednesday.

And the intensity of the practices is teaching the players more about themselves.

 "I have to get in better shape, really," said wide receiver Jaylon Denson. "For the fast pace offensive, the shape that I was in, I thought I was in good shape until they hit me with this pace stuff. But, I'm going to get there."

 "When Malzahn says it's a real physical practice, from day one when I put the pads on, I went home and I just couldn't move," said offensive lineman Chad Slade. "I was like, I'm not doing nothing today. It's too physical. I can't even move my body."

And that is the way they want it. They seek to recapture the days of hard-nosed Auburn football.

Coach Malzahn says players understand the concepts of his scheme. They just have to execute it faster.

Dayne Young

Dayne is a sports anchor and reporter for WRBL. He started covering the Chattahoochee Valley in September 2012. More>>

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