Saturday, December 30th, 2006


DALLAS – The No. 10 Auburn Tigers completed its preparations for the 71st AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic with a 90-minute practice in helmets and shorts under overcast skies at SMU’s Ford Stadium. The Tigers face the No. 22 Nebraska Cornhuskers on New Year’s Day.

Head coach Tommy Tuberville praised his team after today’s work out.

“We had a good practice today,” Tuberville said. “We worked on our two-minute drill and no-huddle offense, some things we don’t work on at every practice.

“It’s the final one for this game. The hay is in the barn now. We’ll walk around tomorrow at the stadium and meet and play the game on Monday.’’

Today was the final practice for Auburn’s senior class, who has won a school-record 40 games during their careers.

“We thanked our seniors after practice for all they’ve given to Auburn,” Tuberville said. “We’re proud of what they’ve done. The one thing about this sport is that you spend four or five years with these guys and you see all of the things they go through, the good times and the bad times, and after 1:30 on Monday they’ll be gone. All of a sudden it’s over, and you won’t see them much at all after that.”

Former Tigers defensive lineman Jay Ratliff, now with the Dallas Cowboys, attended today’s practice.

The Tigers have one injured player, as sophomore backup center Jason Bosley has a sprained ankle and is doubtful for the game. Auburn also has four players with the flu, including junior nose guard Josh Thompson and senior cornerback David Irons.

“That’s something that happens when a team is together in a hotel for a whole week,” Tuberville said. “We got some guys in the infirmary today, but I think we’ll be OK by game day.”

Auburn will take its team photo at the Cotton Bowl stadium tomorrow at 4 p.m., followed by its “walk-through.” The team photo is open to the media while the walk-through is closed.

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.