Auburn Football: 5 Items on the Tigers' Christmas List

Matthew Donaldson@MattDonaldsonAUCorrespondent IDecember 22, 2010

Auburn Football: 5 Items on the Tigers' Christmas List

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    ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 04:  Quarterback Cam Newton #2 of the Auburn Tigers leads the team out to face the South Carolina Gamecocks during the 2010 SEC Championship at Georgia Dome on December 4, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Imag
    Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

    Well, it's the week of Christmas. The bowl schedule has begun and Auburn has hit the practice field this week in preparation for the national championship game on January 10. 

    Here's a quick list of some Christmas wishes from this Auburn fan.

    Which of these things do you wish for most? Or is it something not on this list? Feel free to comment below.

No Injuries

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    ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 04:  Onterio McCalebb #23 of the Auburn Tigers dives for a touchdown against Stephon Gilmore #5 of the South Carolina Gamecocks during the 2010 SEC Championship at Georgia Dome on December 4, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kev
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    The worst thing that could happen between now and the BCS Title Game would be a serious injury to a key contributor from either side. 

    How each coaching staff handles this long break will be key to the game. Hopefully both teams emerge from bowl practice without injuries and ready to play a competitive game. 

Keep The Coaching Staff Intact

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    AUBURN, AL - NOVEMBER 13:  Head coach Gene Chizik of the Auburn Tigers against the Georgia Bulldogs at Jordan-Hare Stadium on November 13, 2010 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
    Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

    Auburn dodged a bullet as Vanderbilt wasn't able to hire Gus Malzahn. There's no doubt that many coaches on this staff will be contacted over the next couple years about promotions. 

    One of the biggest reasons why this year's Tigers went undefeated was continuity among the coaches. Auburn was the only SEC program to return the entire staff. Doing that again this offseason would likely mean good things for 2011. 

Another Year Of Cam Newton

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    NEW YORK - DECEMBER 11:  Cam Newton, quarterback of the Auburn University Tigers, poses with the 2010 Heisman Memorial Trophy Award on December 11, 2010 in New York City.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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    This is probably on the top of any fan's list. Sure, it isn't likely that Cam Newton will return for his senior season. But a fan can dream... 

    After winning the Heisman Trophy and the SEC Championship, there isn't much left to do on the college level. As an almost definite first round pick, it'll be hard to pass up the chance to go to the pros. 

    The most likely reason that Cam Newton would return to Auburn is if the NFLPA and the owners can't come to an agreement, causing a lockout for the 2011 season. That probably won't happen, but anything is possible. 

A Big Finish to the 2011 Recruiting Class

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    Auburn Offensive Line Recruit Christian Westerman
    Auburn Offensive Line Recruit Christian Westerman

    A key to Auburn's run in 2010 was a strong recruiting class last February. The Tigers' coaches have again positioned themselves for another strong recruiting season. 

    With only 14 commitments, things seem to be happening slowly for Auburn fans. But in those 14 are stud recruits like Greg Robinson, Kiehl Frazier and Reese Dismukes. 

    There are quite a few highly touted Auburn leans still on the board. Guys like Enrique Florence, Gabe Wright and Marcus Roberson are likely to sign with Auburn in February. 

    Auburn is also making a run at many commits to other schools. Christian Westerman (pictured above) is a Texas commit who visited Auburn last weekend. 

    To continue building a successful program and weaken the blow of losing 24 seniors, Gene Chizik and his band of relentless recruiters must put together another talented class. The remaining prospects on the board will determine how highly ranked this class ends up nationally. 

A National Championship

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    ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 04:  Head coach Gene Chizik and quarterback Cam Newton #2 of the Auburn Tigers celebrate after their 56-17 win over the South Carolina Gamecocks during the 2010 SEC Championship at Georgia Dome on December 4, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgi
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    Obviously, what every Auburn fan wants this Christmas is a BCS National Championship. Or maybe just a pair of tickets to the game if you're like me...

    A championship would be the last chapter in what has been a fantastic season. It should be a great game against a very talented Oregon team. 

    Which of these things do you wish for most? Or is it something not in this list? Comment below.