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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Practice notes: Time winding down for seniors

Auburn had its third practice in Arizona on Thursday, leaving only two practices at Scottsdale Community College and a walkthrough at University of Phoenix Stadium remaining for the Tigers' seniors.

"It's going to be bittersweet," running back Mario Fannin said. "That's the thing that you look at it as a senior like everytime you're on the practice field, you try to take advantage of it."

Wide receiver Kodi Burns agreed.

"In a way it feels great, because there's a lot of hard work that a lot of people don't realize that you go through," he said. "But at the same time I'm going to miss it. But I'm just embracing it and like you said, you've got two or three more practices to play this game on the 10th."

At the same time, they're ready for the game to get here.

"I'm ready to play. I'm ready to get it on," Fannin said. "Since we've been here a pretty long time, you practice every day and you can't wait to get going. Now that it's almost that time, the anxiety is building up."

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Not too much post-practice stuff, so here we go:

Token practice quote: "It was a good day again today," head coach Gene Chizik said. "It was very productive, I thought. Just like every other day we’re continuing to touch up and brush up on some things."
  • Bo Jackson was in attendance, wearing a hat that said, "The 3 Amigos: 2, 7 and 34." That would be Cam Newton, Pat Sullivan and Bo, Auburn's three Heisman Trophy winners. "Bo is a great Auburn man," Chizik said. "He loves Auburn University and he’s one of the reasons Auburn is what it is. As I tell my team all the time, so many great players before you have made Auburn great and they’ll be a bunch afterwards too. Bo is certainly one we have open arms too. We love having him around and he loves being around."
  • ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit was also on hand checking out the Tigers.
  • Chizik was asked how many plays he'd prefer the defense to play. "Sixty-five or less and we feel like we're in good shape," he said. Oregon averages 79 plays per game.
  • According to his tweets, TE Philip Lutzenkirchen had a stomach flu yesterday. He was suited up for practice Thursday, though.
  • Lots of questions about Oregon's pace (have your heard the Ducks are fast?). Defensive end Nosa Eguae said Auburn is more than aware of how well it needs to be conditioned. "We do a lot of extra work," he said. "Coach Rock said the first day of practice: we're going to be ready to play the game. And that's his thing. He knows that as far as coming off an playing hard, if we're in shape and we can play for four quarters, then we know that we're going to be ready for the game."
  • A lot of speculation about Newton being courtside for the Lakers-Suns game last night, while the rest of the players were in the upper deck. Not so, according to an Auburn spokesman. Newton did an interview for TV first, then moved courtside for Lakers radio so he wasn't in the tunnel. After he finished the interviews -- which took about five or six minutes -- he left the arena like a lot of other players.

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