Auburn spring practice heats up ahead of first scrimmage

Auburn went "full tackle" during its fifth spring practice Wednesday. (

By Charles

AUBURN -- Gus Malzahn demands speed and pace, so it's little wonder that the spring playbook is in force after just five practices. {}

"We've got most of our stuff in now. We should start seeing improvement," Malzahn said Wednesday. {}

The Tigers turned up the action late in practice with, as Malzahn said, "tackle football." Malzahn the first real test will be in a full-scale scrimmage Saturday in Jordan-Hare Stadium. {}

"We'll let them play in game-type situations," Malzahn said. {}

After that, he said, "we'll re-evaluate, catch our breath as coaches and make sure we've got the guys in the right positions." {}

Malzahn called Wednesday a "good physical practice" with a "little bit of install, a little bit of correction."{}

"I told the guys after practice we've got a long way to go," Malzahn said. "The great thing is the next couple of practices we should see improvement.{}

"We're trying to get them to think like we want to them to think. We're trying to get them to play like we want them to play." {}

."We're being very physical...we're asking a lot out of them."