Tigers Ahead Of Schedule In Syracuse Preparations

The Auburn football team is headed back to the practice field on Tuesday after taking Monday off following a heavy workout on Sunday.

The Tigers are ahead of schedule in putting in the game plan for Syracuse after beginning work on the Orangemen last Thursday immediately after learning that the LSU game scheduled for last Saturday night had been postponed.

Offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone, who is preparing his redshirt freshman quarterback Jason Campbell for his first collegiate road start, says the extra time to get ready should help the offense. "Oh, it helps a lot, because basically we got two extra days," Mazzone says.

Normally, the heavy work on the game plan begins in the Tuesday practice, but the Tigers were able to turn their focus to Syracuse with practices on Thursday, Friday and Sunday. "Usually Sunday, we just go out and kind of break a sweat and maybe go over a few mistakes from Saturday night's game," Mazzone says. "And we really don't get the kids the game plan until Tuesday and we spend Sunday night and Monday game-planning and putting in what we're going to put in on Tuesday. Right now, we've basically got the game plan in. They've already practiced it for two days. So, it might give us a chance to tune it up a little bit and maybe try to save their legs a little bit later in the week."

When asked how difficult it has been to get focused on football after the terrorism tragedies that led to the postponement (to Dec. 1st) of the Auburn at LSU contest, Mazzone says, "I think everybody's in the healing process right now from what happened--the whole country, you know. The good thing is, whenever things like this happen, obviously it draws everybody closer, and this is a close football team, a close staff, and I think everybody right now is focused on Syracuse and making the trip up there."

Mazzone says the nationally televised game that will start at 6:45 p.m. CDT on ESPN should be a good opportunity for the Tigers to show the country what type of team Auburn has this year.


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