Dec. 21, 2010
AUBURN - The Auburn football team held its third practice in preparation for the BCS National Championship Game on Tuesday evening, working out for two hours in full pads at the Auburn Soccer Complex and Hutsell-Rosen Track.
The Tigers practiced in full pads for the second straight day as the team continued to round back into form following a two-week layoff after the SEC Championship Game victory over South Carolina.
Auburn opened the practice with special teams drills before moving to individual and position drills. After more special teams work, the Tigers practiced against the scout teams for an extended period of time before the first- and second-team offense and defense worked against each other to conclude practice.
Following practice, assistant head coach Trooper Taylor said that the team showed signs of improvement during Tuesday's workout.
"Today's practice was actually better than the first couple," said Taylor. "I think it took a little while. I know everybody talks about rust but you have to get back out there and get into the swing of things.
"We were back on pace, getting it where we want it. Today was a lot similar or closer to a game. Guys were flying around and they were really attentive."
The Tigers will hold their final practice prior to breaking for Christmas on Wednesday morning. The team will then be off until returning to campus on Monday, Dec. 27.
No. 1 Auburn (13-0) will meet No. 2 Oregon (12-0) in the BCS National Championship Game on Monday, Jan. 10, 2011, in the first-ever meeting between the two schools.
The BCS National Championship Game will be shown live on ESPN and ESPN3D at 7:30 p.m. CT.