Nov. 23, 2011
Auburn, Ala. -
The No. 24 Auburn football team was on the practice fields for just under two hours Wednesday evening as the Tigers continued to work towards Saturday's game against the Alabama Crimson Tide.
Practicing in shells, the Tigers touched on all phases during Wednesday's practice.
In his weekly media conference, Auburn head coach Gene Chizik noted the importance of keeping the team focused heading into the Iron Bowl.
"Everybody has their role," Chizik said. "Some it's a big role, some it's a small role. That's coaches, that's players, that's trainers, that's managers. We have to have our whole football team, everybody that's included in that circle, be focused on what their job is. Although there's a lot of cool things going on with (ESPN's College) GameDay being here and just the pageantry and the passion of the game, I love it and that's what makes it great, but at the end of the day right now the people that are going to be responsible for what happens inside the white lines, every one of us has to stay focused every single day to finally get to Saturday."
Although the second-ranked Crimson Tide features the Southeastern Conference's top rushing attack, Chizik said the Tigers must also be prepared for quarterback A.J. McCarron who averaging 201.5 yards passing per game and has 13 touchdowns and just five interceptions.
"He's (McCarron) got a good feel for it (offense)," Chizik said. "They do a really nice job of the play-action passes coming off the runs where he has great protection and it might only be a three-man route, but he's going to get great protection to sit in there and wait for a guy to come open. They haven't given up many sacks. He hasn't thrown many interceptions. They run the ball well, so I think he is protected really well all the way around without question. I think that's why he's had a lot of success, and he's managed the offense and the team very well."
Auburn (7-4, 4-3 SEC) and Alabama (10-1, 6-1 SEC) kick off at 2:30 p.m. from Jordan-Hare Stadium. The game will be televised by CBS.
Alabama leads the overall series against Auburn with a 40-34-1 record. Auburn has gone 7-3 against Alabama in the past 10 meetings and 11-9 in the last 20. Five of the last eight games in the series have been decided by seven points or less.