In any year that is special, but for Christian and his teammates the showdown has extra significance because it is a rematch of last year's game won by American Heritage.
Christian said his team is excited about the opportunity to knock off American Heritage on Friday at the Citrus Bowl Stadium in Orlando. "We just have to play our game," he said. "Last year when we got behind we weren't used to that and didn't play up to our capabilities. We were used to blowing out everybody and we didn't react well to adversity."
The 5-10, 190-pound cornerback/running back said that his team has a good scouting report on their opponent. "Since we played them last year in the championship we pretty much have it down pat on what they are doing to do," he said.
Christian, who took unofficial visits to Auburn over the summer and this fall, said he plans to be back in Auburn for an official visit after his season. "Auburn, South Carolina, Florida, Miami and Louisville are the colleges I am planning to visit," he said. "Recruiting is going good, but I haven't really focused on it lately because we are going on a state title run. I have still been taking calls and stuff, but I am not sure on my visit dates."
The two-way standout said he is happy with how he is performing as a senior. "I feel like this is my best year in football," he said. "I believe I?have 927 rushing yards on 73 carries and 50-something tackles."
Christian said in the summer he really likes Coach Gene Chizik's Tigers and pointed out that has not changed. He said he isn't surprised the Tigers won the SEC Championship last week. "I saw the championship game and I?knew Auburn was going to win," he said. "They are just a team that knows how to win no matter who they are playing. They have proven that over and over and I say Auburn is going to win it all."