AUBURN, Ala. — More than a week into fall camp, Rhett Lashlee is pleased with the play of his unit. Not "ecstatic. Not "thrilled."
"The first couple of days, heh, the execution was OK and everybody was excited to get to camp. Then we had about two days, they weren't bad but maybe we were just getting settled into the funk of, 'All right, it’s a long way before we play and a lot of practices,'" Auburn's offensive coordinator said after Sunday's practice. "Then it would have been about day six, the day after that first scrimmage, we really challenged them and those leaders have stepped up ever since. I really feel like those guys have practiced the way we want them to practice."
Practicing "the way we want" goes for everything the offense does, Lashlee said, from the frenzied tempo they prefer to leadership from upperclassmen.
Execution plays a part, too, even if Lashlee admitted it hasn't always been great.
Most importantly, however, he hasn't seen any signs of slacking off in recent sessions.
"The last three days, our tempo of practice has been excellent. Our guys have really done a good job," Lashlee said. "Our leaders have stepped up and done a really good job of maintaining the energy and tempo of practice, and not making the coaches do it, which is good."