Dec. 28, 2007
ATLANTA - The No. 22 Auburn football team continued its preparations for the Dec. 31 Chick-fil-A Bowl match-up against No. 15 Clemson with a two-hour workout Friday. The Tigers practiced for the first time at the Georgia Dome, after working out the previous two days at Georgia Tech.
"We had a good day today," said head coach Tommy Tuberville. "We went to the dome and our guys had an extra step. We're excited about being in there for the first time. We'll go back tomorrow."
The Tigers used the practice to get the players adjusted to playing in the dome, which will be the site of the Chick-fil-A Bowl. Auburn has not played a game in a domed stadium since beating Virginia Tech in the 2005 Sugar Bowl in New Orleans.
Auburn started the practice by focusing on special teams, and the Tigers also continued to work on their game plan, spending much of the practice working against the scout teams. The practice concluded with field goals.
"We worked on a lot of the kicking game, with guys catching balls," said Tuberville. "For receivers looking up into the ceiling, it's a little bit different playing in the dome. It's the first time back for most of the guys. I guess a few of them were here when we played in 2004, but not many have been in there."
The Tigers will be playing in their eighth consecutive bowl game under Tuberville, which is the second-longest streak in team history. Auburn played in nine straight bowl games from 1982-90. The Tigers are 4-3 in bowl games under Tuberville and have won four of their last five. Since the 1974 Gator Bowl, Auburn is 13-6-1 in bowl games.
Auburn will return to the practice fields Saturday morning to finish preparations for the Chick-fil-A Bowl.
The 2007 Chick-fil-A Bowl will kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET and will be nationally televised by ESPN.