Tigers Wrap Up Practice for Ole Miss Game

An Auburn football report features comments from Gene Chizik and players as Auburn wrapped up preparations for this week's home game.

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn put the finishing touches on the game plan for its first morning kickoff of the season with a light practice on Thursday evening.

The Tigers worked out in shorts and helmets and emphasized the kicking game while rehearsing plays vs. the scout teams.

Coach Gene Chizik's football team will try to snap its three-game losing streak on Saturday as they take on the Ole Miss Rebels in a game that will kick off at 11:21 a.m. at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

"I am really, really proud of how everybody is sticking together and they practiced really, really well all week," Chizik said. "We finished it up tonight with a practice that had a lot of focus. My hat goes off to those guys because they keep showing up every day, they keep practicing, they keep playing. We are going to get better."

Defensively, stopping the Ole Miss running attack has been a theme this week in practice. "That will be a key to us winning the game," said junior linebacker Josh Bynes. "Jevan Snead is a good quarterback, but the first thing we have to do is make sure we do a good job when they run the football."

Senior cornerback Walt McFadden agrees with Bynes. "Ole Miss is going to try to run the ball and we need to stop that," he said. "We have to eliminate the big plays."

Assistant head coach and wide receivers coach Trooper Taylor signs an autograph at the new student union building on Thursday. Taylor encouraged the students to be at Jordan-Hare Stadium early for Saturday morning's game.

In other news and notes:

With Saturday's game being on Halloween, Auburn officials said it is okay for fans to wear costumes to Jordan-Hare Stadium. However, items such as costume guns, swords and etc. won't be allowed in the stadium and fans wearing Halloween outfits are subject to searches.

*In conjunction with Halloween, the game has been declared "Navy Nightmare" day and AU officials are encouraging fans to wear navy colored clothing to the game.

*Saturday's game will be televised regionally by the SEC Network with Dave Neal, Andre Ware and Cara Capuano calling the action.

*Before losing to South Carolina in game three this year, Ole Miss had a 10-game winning streak, its longest since 1971-72.

*After a slower than expected start on offense this season, Ole Miss has put together back-to-back 500-yard plus total yardage performances. The Rebels gained 501 yards vs. UAB and 553 vs. Arkansas the last two weeks. The total vs. Arkansas is the most for an Ole Miss team since gaining 567 vs. Wyoming in 2004.

*Ole Miss has scored on 22-23 trips into the red zone with 17 touchdowns and five field goals. Kicker Joshua Shene is 8-8 on field goals this season. The senior made three field goals vs. Arkansas.

*Former Auburn linebacker Patrick Trahan, a senior for the Rebels, was his team's leading tackler last week with seven stops vs. Arkansas. For the season he has 20 solo tackles and 16 assists with four sacks for 25 yards in losses. Trahan left Auburn due to academic problems, enrolled in junior college and is now in his second season playing for the Rebels.

*Terry Price, who coached defensive ends for the past 10 seasons, handles that assignment for Ole Miss. This is Price's second coaching stint in Oxford. He was there for four seasons on Tommy Tuberville's staff prior to moving to Auburn. Last December after not being retained by new Auburn head coach Chizik, Price was hired by former Auburn defensive coordinator Paul Rhoads, who is the head coach at Iowa State, and worked there for several weeks before getting an offer to return to the SEC.


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