Auburn Football Practice Report

Jan. 5, 2011

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - The top-ranked Auburn football team held its second workout in Arizona, practicing for two hours Wednesday morning at Scottsdale Community College.

The Tigers ratcheted up the intensity another notch on Wednesday as the team inched closer to next Monday's BCS National Championship Game against No. 2 Oregon. The Tigers practiced in full pads Wednesday after going in shoulder pads and shorts on Tuesday.

The practice began with special teams drills before the squad moved on to individual and position drills. After more special teams, the offense and defense worked against the scout teams for much of the latter half of the practice before the first two offensive and defensive units worked against each other to close the workout.

Following practice, head coach Gene Chizik said that the physical workout was much needed for his squad.

"It was another really good day of preparation," said Chizik. "It was a nice, physical practice, which is what we needed. We prepared well, but we still have some time. We have some things we have to get cleaned up, but I think we're on track. "

Chizik also noted that the staff has thoroughly reviewed Oregon's games from this season, but is expecting some new wrinkles.

"We've had about five weeks to look at them on film, but we know there will be some new things," said Chizik. "When you have some time to create, there will be some new things that we'll have to adjust to. The bottom line is that we have a good feel for them right now."

The Tigers will return to the practice fields on Thursday at 11:15 a.m. MT. All practices are closed to the public.

Auburn (13-0) will play Oregon (12-0) in the BCS National Championship Game on Monday, Jan. 10, at 7:30 p.m. CT. The game will be played at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., and will be televised nationally by ESPN and ESPN3D.

Q&A with Neil Caudle and Jeffrey Whitaker

Q: You're going to the Suns vs. Lakers game tonight. What kind of hoops skills do you have?
Neil Caudle: "I've got phenomenal hoops skills. I'm more a possession guy, I like to dish it out but I'm a great basketball player."
Jeffrey Whitaker: "Well Nick Fairley won a state championships in high school, but other than Nick I'm probably the best basketball player on the defensive line."

Q: Have you been to an NBA game before?
NC: "I've only been to one and that was the Suns-Mavericks when we went to the Cotton Bowl. This is exciting, I'm really looking forward to seeing Kobe and Steve Nash tonight."
JW: "This will be my first one. I've never been before so I'm really looking forward to it."

Q: Yesterday for lunch the team had chicken and fish, today it was chicken, steak and fish. Which did you prefer?
NC: "Yesterday's was phenomenal. The catering for lunch has been terrific. There's no doubt I've put on a few pounds the last two days."
JW: "I'm a country boy from Georgia, you can't ever go wrong with fish. It's all good.

Q: How has the bowl experience been for you?
NC: "It's been great. The city of Scottsdale is amazing and the people here have been really nice."
JW: "Being with my teammates and experiencing this with them has been the best part. The stuff I'm doing now I will remember 10, 20 years from now."