Tigers Finish Up Full-Pad Work

The Tigers worked out for nearly two hours in the Georgia Dome while North Carolina once again worked outside at the Georgia Tech practice facilities.

Atlanta, Ga.-- Auburn practiced in full pads for the last time Friday before its New Year's Eve tilt with North Carolina in the Peach Bowl. The team spent most of the time fine-tuning its game plan for the Tar Heels, but for the second consecutive day both starting units squared off against each other in the most intense period of the two-hour workout.

"We had a good practice today," Tuberville said. "We know enough about the game plan, we just have to polish it up."

Jeris McIntyre (81) at practice after a one-on-one drills with Roshard Gilyard (3).

The Tigers did get good news on the injury front concerning tight end Robert Johnson. The big, six-foot-six sophomore participated in more drills and team work than he had the previous day.

Tuberville said linebacker Mark Brown and running back Carnell Williams were still questionable for Monday's game with North Carolina. Williams once again worked out with the team, but was held out of contact drills. "It doesn't look good, but there is always a chance," Tuberville said of the chances that Williams would play. We'll see if he can do anything tomorrow."

Auburn's Saturday practice will be less strenuous than the first two at the Peach Bowl where the team did a lot of contact work and conditioning. "This thing is getting closer and closer and tomorrow we'll start cutting back," Tuberville said. "Hopefully, we're ready to play. Tomorrow we will come out and have a normal Thursday practice. Players are getting a little tired."

Junior Rosegreen is expected to start at cornerback. He practices on Friday at the Georgia Dome.

The team gets a break from football on Friday night as the coaches and players will attend an NHL game between the Atlanta Thrashers and Toronto Maple Leafs at the Phillips Arena in downtown Atlanta. Tuberville will participate in the dropping of the puck along with North Carolina Head Coach John Bunting during pregame ceremonies.

Jason Campbell passes on Friday as Ben Leard watches.

Ticket sales for the Peach Bowl are going exceptionally well for the 20,000 tickets allotted to Auburn. The latest reports have less than 1,000 remaining with the game just three days away.


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