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Chizik happy with first Arizona practice

Auburn head football coach Gene Chizik, Jan. 4, 2011 (WBRC video) Auburn head football coach Gene Chizik, Jan. 4, 2011 (WBRC video)

SCOTTSDALE, AZ (WBRC) - Auburn head football coach Gene Chizik said Tuesday he was happy with the performance of the football team during Auburn's football practice.

The team practiced for nearly two hours Tuesday under sunny skies at Scottsdale Community College. After practice, Chizik spoke to reporters.

"It was a good practice today," Chizik said. "I thought they were focused in, which is just what we expected, but no different than when we started practice three weeks ago. I think the weather and just being here heightens their awareness of the game, and it was a good day."

Chizik also noted that the Tigers' tough schedule that included wins against six teams currently ranked in the national top 25 has helped the team in its preparation for the BCS National Championship Game.

"We've been in some huge games all year long," said Chizik. "Week in and week out, our guys have prepared for huge games, so I don't think that's any different. We haven't done anything different and we haven't prepared any differently."

Auburn quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton also spoke to reporters after practice, as did defensive tackle Nick Fairley.

Wednesday morning, Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn will speak to reporters at the media hotel in Scottsdale.  Scheduled to speak with him are Newton, offensive lineman Lee Ziemba, wide receiver Darvin Adams, running back Michael Dyer, and offensive lineman Ryan Pugh.

The Tigers will return to the practice fields on Wednesday at 11:15 a.m. MT. All practices are closed to the public.

Auburn (13-0) will play Oregon (12-0) in the BCS National Championship Game on Monday, Jan. 10, at 7:30 p.m. CT. The game will be televised nationally by ESPN.

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