Thursday, December 28th, 2006
TIGERS CONTINUE AT&T COTTON BOWL CLASSIC PREPARATIONSDALLAS – The No. 10 Auburn Tigers continued its preparations for the 71st AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic with a two-hour workout in full pads on the grass practice fields adjacent to SMU’s Ford Stadium. The Tigers will face the No. 22 Nebraska Cornhuskers on New Year’s Day.
Head Coach Tommy Tuberville was pleased with how his squad worked today under overcast skies in Dallas.
“We had a nice practice today,” Tuberville said. “We got on the grass today to get our speed down. We had lots of contact today, and this will be our last day in full pads.
“We finished putting our game plan in today, and we will work on it the next couple of days,” Tuberville continued. “We will have a couple of mental practices and be ready to go. I think you can practice too much for bowl games, and we’re trying to find the right mix with our practices.”
The Tigers have one injured player, as sophomore backup center Jason Bosley sprained his ankle at yesterday’s practice and is doubtful for the game.
Auburn’s senior class is already the most successful in school history, having won a school-record 40 games over the last four years. For this class to go out on a winning note has added importance for the coaching staff.
“We have good senior leadership, which helps with the intensity of our practices,” Tuberville said. “They have won a lot of games. If they win this game, they’ll have 41 wins, which is tremendous in this day and age as a team. When this game is over, it’s over for them. We plan to spend some more time with them over the next couple of days.”
Following practice Auburn participated in the annual “Beef Bowl” at Lawry’s, a Dallas restaurant famous for its prime rib. The Tigers also joined the Cornhuskers at the Dallas Mavericks-Phoenix Suns NBA game at American Airlines Center.
Auburn is scheduled to practice tomorrow from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at Ford Stadium. The first 15 minutes of practice is open to the media to obtain video footage, then closed for the rest of practice. Coach Tuberville and requested players will be available following practice.
Kickoff for the 71st AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic is slated for 10:40 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 1. The game will be televised nationally on FOX Sports and broadcasted nationally on radio by Westwood One.