Football Tigers Begin Practice for Bama Game

A report on Auburn's Tuesday football practice is featured.

Auburn, Ala.--Jason Bosley, the leader of the Auburn offensive line, said he thought the Tigers had a productive Tuesday practice after two days off to get away from football and regroup for the regular season finale against arch-rival Alabama following a disappointing loss to Georgia in game 11.

"I thought everybody had a really good attitude and I thought we had a real good practice today," the junior center said. "Everybody was bouncing around and we worked hard today. I was impressed."

Bosley, who said he got away from football on Sunday by playing golf with his brother, worked with his teammates worked for an hour and a half with the emphasis on fundamentals. Work on the game plan for the rivalry contest vs. Alabama will start later in the week with the Tigers not playing this Saturday while Alabama plays a non-conference game vs. Louisiana-Monroe. The Tigers and Tide will play a week from Saturday at 7 p.m. with television coverage on ESPN.

"We didn't do a whole lot of game preparation," Coach Tommy Tuberville said. "We did more fundamentals and techniques. We are going to practice about an hour and a half a day for a couple of days. We need to mentally get back to reality. These guys are pretty much spent on putting in game plans, listening and looking at film.

"Most of what we are going to do this week is just try to get them back to being 19 to 20-year-old guys and understand there is a life out of football so they can get refreshed and rejuvenated," the coach added. "It looked like we kind of hit the wall about the middle of the third quarter last week."

Instead of the normal heavy contact Tuesday session in full pads, the Tigers worked out in shells (shorts, shoulder pads and helmets).

"Today was pretty light," sophomore wide receiver Montez Billings said. "We didn't do too much stuff. We just went over some plays and worked with the ones in pass skelton."

Commenting on the Tuesday session, Tuberville said, "It was a good practice. We are going to go in shells the rest of the week and then give them a couple of days off."

Discussing Auburn's disappointing 45-20 loss at Georgia last Saturday, the coach said, "Some guys showed up at times, but as a team we just didn't play very well together. That is the first time we have done that in a while, but Georgia had something to do with that. When you get down 14 points and score the next 17 that gives you a chance to re-evaluate and get back in your game plan, and then things went south on us. When you play good teams, and you don't play real good, that happens."

On the injury front, starting strongside linebacker Craig Stevens, who has been sidelined the last two games with an ankle injury, "looked good" on Tuesday, Tuberville said, so there is a possibility he will be back in the lineup vs. Alabama. The same is true of tailback and return man Tristan Davis, who has been out since breaking a bone in his foot vs. Florida.

Asked about how the coaching staff is handling the disappointing loss to Georgia, Tuberville said, "Everybody is down. When you play like that for a couple of quarters, it is just disappointing after we practiced so well. You can imagine. They put their life and soul into these games, especially that game last week and this one coming up. It needs to be a mental week for the coaches, too."

The Tigers, who are 7-4 overall and 4-3 in the SEC, are looking for their sixth straight victory over Alabama in the series the Tide leads 38-32-1.


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