Dec. 26, 2007
The No. 22 Auburn football team conducted its first practice in Atlanta for the Chick-fil-A Bowl, working out for close to two-and-a-half hours Wednesday at the practice fields on the campus of Georgia Tech. The Tigers will face No. 15 Clemson in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on New Year's Eve.
Head coach Tommy Tuberville put his team through a physical workout in full pads. It was the first practice for the Tigers since Dec. 18, when the Tigers took a break for the Christmas holiday.
Following practice, Tuberville said he wanted to give his team a chance to work outside in the cool temperatures instead of practicing in the Georgia Dome.
"It was a good opportunity to go outside instead of having to go back in the dome," said Tuberville. "We'll have enough practices in the dome. It gets so hot in there we don't want our guys to be in there too much. The last time we came up we spent the whole week in there, and I thought we were a little tired at the end of the week."
Tuberville expressed pleasure in his team's performance during the practice.
"It was a good practice," Tuberville said. "We worked on all the game plan. We got most of it in and worked on it at home last week. We picked up where we left off and everybody had an extra step today, after having four or five days off. It was good to get everybody back together."
Auburn will be making its fourth appearance in the Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A Bowl, formerly known as the Peach Bowl. The Tigers made their last appearance in 2001, falling to North Carolina, 16-10. Auburn earned a 21-17 victory over Clemson in the 1998 Peach Bowl following the 1997 season, and beat Indiana, 27-23, in 1990.
The 2007 Chick-fil-A Bowl will kick off at 6:30 p.m. CT and be televised nationally by ESPN.
Auburn will return to the practice fields Thursday at 11 a.m. ET.