Change Of Scenery For Tigers' Practice

Auburn practiced in Jordan-Hare Stadium as preparations continue for the Iron Bowl.

Auburn, Ala.--Keeping with a tradition that the Tigers have employed since Tommy Tuberville arrived at Auburn, the team went inside Jordan-Hare Stadium for Wednesday afternoon's practice. Working out for around two hours, Tuberville said it's something they try to do to break up the monotony and give things a different feeling for the Iron Bowl.

"We've always done this for the last game," Tuberville said. "We go over and it's a little change of atmosphere. We use the 40-second clock. It's less room, but it gives you more of a game sensation. If we were playing here we wouldn't be able to do it, but because it's a road game we can."

Working on improving fundamentals while focusing on correcting mistakes, Tuberville said much of the time this week has been spent on the kicking game. That includes getting sophomore Morgan Hull ready to see action provided Wes Byrum isn't able to go against Alabama. Tuberville said they will test Hull in practice to get him as ready to go as possible.

"It was a nice, cool afternoon," Tuberville said. "We went into the stadium and worked on fundamentals and the kicking game. It was a good practice. The guys are excited about having a couple of days off I think. We'll have another good practice in the morning and we'll have some walk-throughs Friday. We'll start back Sunday afternoon."

With several players still beat up such as Antonio Coleman and Sen'Derrick Marks, Tuberville said they are letting them rest as much as possible to try to be close to full speed heading into the Iron Bowl.

"It's no different," Tuberville said. "We've still got some guys who are not going to do anything this week. The same ones. Hopefully they can start back practicing on Sunday."

Part of the reason for a shortened Friday practice is due to many of Auburn's coaches being out of town on Friday to check out recruits around the state and Southeast. Tuberville said that is a priority as the coaches try to get a last visit in before Thanksgiving.

"We only have seven (evaluations) left and they're trying to decide who the sixth and seventh will be," Tuberville said. "We have 42 evaluations and we've used all but seven. Used to you could go out four or five days as a group, now you can have 42 contacts. You can have one guy visit 42 times in other words."

The Tigers will practice Thursday morning and have a short walk-through on Friday before taking Saturday off. With school out next week the team will practice Sunday-Thursday before traveling on Friday. That includes a 11:30 a.m. practice on Thanksgiving day.


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