AUBURN, Ala. -- It rained during Auburn’s practice Tuesday night, but the Tigers didn’t mind.
With Friday’s Iron Bowl forecast calling for a high of 52 degrees and a 30 percent chance of showers, Auburn made the most of the wet conditions.
“We certainly could have gone indoors if we wanted to, but we felt like us being able to handle a football that was wet (was good),” Tigers coach Gene Chizik said. “You never know what the weather conditions are going to be on game day.”
Unlike last year, when thunderstorms dotted Auburn’s schedule, this year’s slate has been rain free.
While there were concerns about players possibly slipping and pulling a muscle, Auburn coaches thought the reward outweighed the risk.
Wide receivers coach Trooper Taylor said his group didn’t have many dropped balls, although he was most impressed by tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen’s hands.
“He can catch the ball whether it’s wet, dry, or you can drop it out of a plane,” Taylor said.
Chizik was named one of eight finalists for the 2010 Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award on Tuesday. The winner, which is voted on by the Football Writers Association of America, will be announced Dec. 6.
After going 5-19 at Iowa State, Chizik is 19-5 at Auburn, the second-most wins through 24 games of any Tigers coach.
“To pin that on one guy or to think that one guy is responsible for that is untrue,” Chizik said. “It’s all the assistant coaches, it’s all the players, those are all team awards. I think we all try to look at it like that.”