Auburn coach Gene Chizik calls new practice facility “indescribable,” “state of the art,” and “amazing

Evan Woodbery/Auburn Bureau, The Birmingham News, Press-Register, and The Huntsville

AUBURN, Alabama — Wednesday night was the first official practice for the new football facility, and the fields were ready for the big stage.

The grass was lush and pristine and the massive new indoor facility loomed over the two outdoor fields. The transformation from only a few months ago was dramatic.

Auburn coach Gene Chizik called the facility “indescribable,” “state of the art,” and “amazing.”

The practice fields also include three permanent and reinforced video towers. The previous facility sometimes used roving “lifts” that let videographers see the field from an elevated level.

After a student worker at Notre Dame died during a violent windstorm last year, many schools are switching to permanent structures and using the hydraulic lifts in only the rarest of circumstances.

* Walk-on freshman Wirth Campbell of Nashville, Tenn., is Auburn’s fourth quarterback behind Barrett Trotter, Clint Moseley and Kiehl Frazier.

He attended Ensworth High and was listed as an “athlete” by He is listed as a punter on Auburn’s roster.

Logan Paul, of Gulf Shores, was Auburn’s fourth quarterback in the spring but was not listed on this roster released Wednesday.

* The quarterbacks didn’t do much Wednesday, but that didn’t lessen offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn’s usual intensity.

During a routine flip drill, he was constantly in the ear of Frazier, a celebrated freshman from Arkansas.

During a short passing drill, Malzahn kept repeating: “Every time be perfect.”