Tuesday Practice Quick Turnaround For Tigers

Auburn head football coach Tommy Tuberville discusses Tuesday's practice and the challenges of playing on a Thursday.

Auburn, Ala.--Just 12 hours after coming off the practice field on Monday night the Auburn football team was back at it Tuesday morning in preparation for a Thursday night game at South Carolina.

It's just the third Thursday game for Auburn in the Tommy Tuberville Era.

"I think it's good," Tuberville says of the odd week. "It breaks the monotony of the season although we had to piece practice sessions together each day."

With a strange practice schedule without an off day this week, the players and coaches will be rewarded with a pair of much-needed off days on Friday and Saturday.

"It's just like a family in a hotel room for about a month," Tuberville notes. "It doesn't work very often and everybody gets mad at each other and tired."

Not only has the Thursday game re-arranged the normal practice routine, but it also effects the travel and the schoolwork of the student-athletes.

"On our itinerary we've got a study hall for about 20 guys who have a big test Friday," Tuberville says. "After we get there and have dinner they'll (study). We're taking two academic people with us to make sure they study for the test."


Cornerback Jonathan Wilhite is still slowed with a hamstring injury but is expected to play.

On the injury front Tuberville says that his team is close to 100 percent healthy.

"We got a little scare out of Antonio Coleman last night. He's got a sprained elbow, but he's fine and he practiced today. He's sore."

Jonathan Wilhite, who injured his hamstring against LSU, will likely be starting at cornerback, the coach says.

"He's in good shape," Tuberville says of Wilhite. "They're making him do a lot of rehab along with getting ready, but he'll play. You just can't throw him out there and go because you don't want him to go out there cold."

Will Herring has been wearing an orange jersey, as opposed to white, at practice this week because of a bruised hip, but Tuberville says the senior linebacker is fine.

With Cole Bennett out until late in the season with a broken bone in his foot, fullback Danny Perry has moved to tight end joining Tommy Trott, Gabe McKenzie and Michael Goggans.

Neil Caudle will make the trip as the third-team quarterback.

"It'll be good opportunity for us," Tuberville says of the game at Williams-Brice Stadium. "We're probably one of the highest-ranked teams to play in a Thursday night football game. It'll give us an opportunity to see what we've got, what we've done and if we've made any improvement because they have surely made some improvement."

The game will be televised on ESPN at 6:30 p.m. CDT.


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