Dec. 31, 2010
AUBURN - The No. 1-ranked Auburn football team conducted its fourth practice in as many days with a 13-period workout Friday afternoon at the Auburn Soccer Complex and Hutsell-Rosen Track.
The Tigers now have just one more practice scheduled before the team heads to Arizona for the BCS National Championship Game against No. 2 Oregon.
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.
Prior to practice, offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn said that practices have been increasingly better since the squad returned from Christmas break this week.
"The focus has been a lot better," said Malzahn. "Each practice you can tell they are a little more urgent. I really felt like (Thursday's) practice was our best one so far. We've been trying to get back in a rhythm as far as our passing game and our communication."
Malzahn also noted that the added practice time prior to the bowl game has been important in terms of getting a longer look at the younger players that will be vital to next year's team.
"It's very important, specifically for the guys up front - the offensive line," said Malzahn. "We're losing four seniors and those young guys have to be ready, so it's been very valuable and has been good for us coaches to evaluate where they're at."
The Tigers will spend Saturday morning in meetings before holding their final practice on Sunday. The team departs for Arizona on Monday.
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.