Dec. 28, 2005
ORLANDO, Fla. - The Auburn football team had a busy Wednesday as the Tigers continued preparing for the 2006 Capital One Bowl. Auburn practiced for nearly two hours at Freedom High School in Orlando before heading to Tinker Field for a "Day for Kids". After a quick stop at the team hotel, Auburn players visited Epcot Center.
Head coach Tommy Tuberville said that the Tigers have shown a lot of enthusiasm at practice and spirits are high.
"We had a good day today," said Tuberville. "We had a lot of contact and the guys still have a lot of energy. We went though the whole game plan today, and tomorrow we'll cut back and start going through just pieces of it for the rest of the week. We'll start getting our legs back a little bit and pulling back on the contact."
Auburn opened the practice with special teams work before focusing on individual and skeleton drills. Auburn's also focused on scout team work before wrapping up with field goals.
Following the practice, Auburn headed to Tinker Field, where a "Day for Kids" festival was held with both Auburn and Wisconsin players and coaches, as well as Disney characters, on hand to interact with underprivileged children. The Tiger players spent close to two hours with the kids, with a variety of activities available to entertain those in attendance.
"I just wanted to come out and have fun with the kids, and it's a chance to be a kid yourself again," said senior fullback Jake Slaughter. "It's obvious they look up to us, and it's a great role we played today, being as nice as possible to them and having fun with them. That's what it's all about."
"It's fun being around the kids," said junior guard Jonathan Palmer. "It warms your heart. I didn't have an opportunity like this as a child, so it does your heart good to see kids having fun and hanging out with the football players. It feels good giving back to the community."
Auburn will practice at 10:15 a.m. EST Thursday at Freedom High School, then later in the afternoon will visit Universal Studios/Islands of Adventure.
Seventh-ranked Auburn will be making its sixth straight bowl appearance when the Tigers take on No. 21 Wisconsin at the 2006 Capital One Bowl on Jan. 2. The game starts at 12 p.m. CT and can be seen live on ABC.