Dec. 29, 2010
LB J. Bynes | DE N. Eguae | DT Z. Clayton | CB T. Bell | DT N. Fairley
AUBURN - The Auburn football team continued its preparations for the BCS National Championship Game with a two-hour workout Wednesday afternoon at the Auburn Soccer Complex and Hutsell-Rosen Track.
It marked the second of five practices for the Tigers this week before the team heads to Arizona for the national title game against Oregon. The squad practiced in full pads on Wednesday as the team's workouts continued their physical nature this week.
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 before bringing the first two offensive and defensive units together to work against each other to close the workout.
Following practice, defensive coordinator Ted Roof said that the Auburn players have returned from Christmas break and put together back-to-back good practices.
"They've been very focused," said Roof. "Practices have been very fast paced and they've come back very attentive, and are working on getting ready to go play for a championship."
Roof noted that the fast pace of practices is vital for the Tiger defense to prepare for an Oregon offense that is known to operate at a very quick tempo.
"You have to get to a fatigue position and then you have to be able to function and to communicate because that's what (the Ducks) do," said Roof. "They limit your time to process formations and process the pre-snap information. As a result of that, you have to process the information faster and you have to communicate."
The Tigers will return to the practice fields Thursday at 5 p.m. CT.
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 played at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., and will be shown live on ESPN and ESPN3D at 7:30 p.m. CT.