Auburn looking to build momentum in Birmingham Bowl
Dec. 28, 2015

Auburn Practice


By Charles Goldberg
AuburnTigers.com

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Justin Garrett has a bowl win, thank you very much, thanks to the 2011 Chick-fil-A Bowl. But the fifth-year senior is one of the few Auburn football players who can claim a post-season win, and that's why the Tigers are pointing to Wednesday's Birmingham Bowl to change things for young and old alike.

The linebacker says it's time to end a season the right way.

"It would be great to build momentum for the young guys," he said.

And a nice going-away present for the 17 seniors in the 11 a.m. game against Memphis.

"We have a lot of energy, trying to send the seniors off right," said receiver Marcus Davis.

Garrett played on special teams when Auburn beat Virginia in the 2011 Chick-fil-A Bowl. Auburn has been agonizingly close to adding to their post-season success since, losing the 2013 BCS championship game when Florida State scored the winning points with 13 seconds remaining, and falling to Wisconsin in overtime last season.

Garrett is still around because he was redshirted with an injury in 2013.

"All those seniors who came in a year after me are the seniors now, so it's their chance to win a bowl game," Garrett said.

Thunderstorms and heavy rain forced Auburn to change its practice plans Monday, moving from Hoover High School to the confined quarters of the indoor Sports Blast facility in Shelby County. Still, the Tigers went through their drills, with quarterbacks Jeremy Johnson and Sean White still vying for playing time.

White missed the last two games because of knee and foot injuries, but Davis has been encouraged by his practices.

"He's been throwing the ball very well. I think the rest he had over the break helped him out," Davis said.

The Tigers were set to visit Children's Hospital of Alabama afterward.

Garrett said after Sunday's workout that Auburn's preparation "has been great."

"We're still getting after it every day in practice. It's nothing but carryover, trying to get better each and every day," he said.

Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter:
 

 

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