Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Done in Auburn

AUBURN -- The team completed the Auburn portion of its preparations for its Chick-fil-A Bowl clash with Clemson on Wednesday, and here are some notes:

PHYSICAL PRACTICES: Auburn's coaching staff treated its bowl practices here like two-a-days ... very physical.
"A lot of contact in a short period of time," Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville said. "It's pretty much like two-a-days. These guys are burnt out. It's been good, though.
"... There are certain ways to do. I think Clemson is going right until Friday. We did it like this last year. We played a lot better. We feel like there's a lot of pressure when they get to a bowl site. It gives them a lot more time with their families. It should be fun. It shouldn't be something that they don't look forward to."
Auburn will report to Atlanta on Christmas night and resume practice the next day.

INJURIES: Tuberville said a few players have been held out of practice, but no one is expected to miss the bowl game. Linebacker Tray Blackmon, offensive tackle King Dunlap and safety Aairon Savage have missed practice time.

COMINGS: Auburn has added linebacker DeShaun Barnes and defensive end Raven Gray have joined the team. Barnes, from Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln High School, sat out a year working out his eligibility. Gray signed with Auburn out of Enterprise High School and re-signed after a junior-college detour.

GOING: Reserve offensive tackle Oscar Gonzalez has received his release to transfer. The oft-injured Gonzalez hasn't been with the team since early November. Tuberville cited academic issues at the time.

STAYING: Tuberville said he anticipates no underclassmen going pro, despite internet rumors that indicate junior defensive tackle Pat Sims might.
"He and I sat down and talked," Tuberville said. "He wants to come back and finish up."
Tuberville said he's not aware of anyone filing paperwork for NFL evaluations.

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