“We’re going to have a chance to get the coaches and the players all back together. One of the things that I was so proud of that we got a chance to do was have spring practice,” Harsin said. “Those 15 practices as a new staff, you can’t put a value on that.
Harsin spoke at SEC Media Days on Thursday in Hoover, bringing quarterback Bo Nix and linebacker Owen Pappoe with him.
“There’s a lot of things going on that are new, but a lot of the basic things that we’ll have at Auburn that will be tradition, and we’ll go back to normal. So we’re excited to play in front of 85,000 people again and play in front of all the great atmospheres that we have all across the SEC and even other places,” Nix said. “I know we get to go up to Penn State and play this year, which will be fun.
Nix said, for now, the Tigers are focused on that first game with Akron — and the opening of fall camp before that.
Kickoff closes in, but Harsin seemed to think Auburn is on schedule, especially after the team completed spring practice. In 2019, teams across the country canceled spring practices as COVID-19 first spread across the country.
“To put in a new system, to get around the players, to have a new staff out there installing systems, getting face to face, working on drills and the fundamentals and the techniques we all need to be successful at this game to play really good football — we had an opportunity to do that.”