Pretty Damn Good Read……. WAR DAMN EAGLE.. LOVE MIKEY

We fought hard….. Fucked up… Played tough and got a W! God Bless You Defense… Let’s Get On Top Of This Shit Special Teams.. And I Feel Strong About Our Boy’s On Offense In The Cajun Fortress!  

P.S. - I was in New York This weekend and went to the Bar 515! Great time I was screaming Auburn fight song’s about half way to Black Out!  Had the pleasure of verbally assaulting a bunch of Bama Fan’s (including a few middle finger’s and lot’s of “Go To Hell Alabama Go To Hell” .. With my dad class of 71 singing right next to me. *Special Moment*) .  I Recommend it.

 Holla

Love , Mikey

Bryan Matthews
AuburnSports.com PublisherOn a normal Sunday afternoon, Auburn’s players and coaches would be out on the practice fields going through a short workout to correct any mistakes from the Arkansas game and give the young players a little extra work.

But after a hard-fought win over the Razorbacks and not arriving back until the wee hours of Sunday morning, head coach Tommy Tuberville gave his players a well earned day off.

According to Tuberville, the idea came to him at halftime of the Arkansas game with the Tigers clinging to a 3-0 lead.

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Tuberville and AU have won nine of the last 10 games against Top 10 opponents.

“I told them at halftime that if they went out there and won the game I would give them Sunday off,” said Tuberville.

Tuberville said the team practically ran over him getting out of the locker room and back onto the field. He also said after a hard-hitting game and seven straight weeks without a break, his team needed a rest.

The break will be a brief one, however. The players and coaches will have meetings and watch film on Monday and hit the practice fields for a full pad workout on Tuesday afternoon as they prepare for a showdown at No. 5 LSU.

Auburn (5-2, 3-1 SEC) is in a three-way tie with LSU and Alabama atop the SEC West standings. The winner of Saturday night’s game in Tiger Stadium will take a major step toward winning the division and playing for the SEC Championship in Atlanta.

“We’ll get a great game. They’ll be ready to play,” said Tuberville. “The winner of this game, normally, has gone on to the championship game. We’ll treat it like that, and I’m sure they will, too. We’ve had some great battles over the years.

“We’re going to need to play a better game than we took to Arkansas. We know that. It’s going to have to be an overall team effort because we know what we’re getting into.”

Auburn has now won eight consecutive road games and 15 straight games in their road white uniforms. The Tigers last road loss came two years ago at LSU, 20-17 in overtime. Because LSU prefers to wear white at home, AU will once again don blue jerseys in Baton Rouge.

“You make that decision in August,” said Tuberville. “They have to send you a letter, and the home team gets the pick now. NCAA rule says that’s not the way you do it, but our athletic directors went against that rule, so now the home team gets to pick.”

Getting better

Auburn started practice last week with five injured starters but both center Jason Bosley and linebacker Tray Blackmon started against Arkansas Saturday.

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Blackmon led AU with nine tackles against the Hawgs.

Tuberville was particularly proud of Bosley who played every snap with a painful sprained knee.

“He’s the epitome of mental and physical toughness,” said Tuberville. “Ain’t many of us would have done what he did, played the entire game, 80 snaps.

“He loves playing and he’s a team player.”

Merrill Johnson also played a little on special teams and at backup linebacker against the Hawgs and Tuberville expects to have him back for more reps against LSU.

AU’s two other previously injured starters – defensive end Quentin Groves (dislocated toes) and safety Aairon Savage (knee) – will be evaluated again Tuesday. Groves dressed for the Arkansas game but stayed on the sidelines. Savage didn’t make the trip.

Auburn suffered several injuries during the game, the most serious to left tackle Ryan Pugh, who went down with a badly bruised shin/ankle in the third quarter. X-rays and an MRI were negative and Tuberville hopes to have Pugh available this week.

“He has a little bit of swelling,” said Tuberville. “Right now, we’ll just have to wait until Tuesday to see how that goes. He’s walking around.”

Quarterback Brandon Cox received stitches in his chin after a late hit by Razorback safety Matt Hewitt. Cornerback Pat Lee was a little banged up after being kicked in the neck making a tackle. Neither is expected to miss any practice time.

Tight end Gabe McKenzie missed the second half with flu-like symptoms.

Not so special teams

While the offense failed to score a touchdown against Arkansas, AU’s play on special teams was especially disappointing to Tuberville. Auburn tried two punters but Ryan Shoemaker and Patrick Tatum averaged just 38.4 yards on five punts.

“We were very fortunate we got some rolls,” said Tuberville. “We could have had a lot better field position if our punters had showed up. They didn’t get the job done. We’ve got to do a lot better than that.”

Tuberville said Shoemaker and Tatum will compete for the starting job this week.

Kicker Wes Byrum made 3-of-5 field goals including the game-winner but his misses came from 36 and 46 yards. None of Byrum’s four kickoffs went for a touchback and one sailed out of bounds.

“I was disappointed in the kicking game,” said Tuberville. “We need to be a little bit more consistent.”

Robert Dunn also made some mistakes on punt return averaging 7.3 yards on eight returns.

“Our kicking game wasn’t the best,” said Tuberville. “To beat real good teams, we’re going to have to do better.”

Quick Hitters:

***In the Polls released Sunday, Auburn is No. 18 in the AP, No. 19 in the USA Today/Coaches, No. 19 in the Harris and No. 17 in the BCS Standings.

***The Players of the Week for the Arkansas game are TE Cole Bennett on offense, LB Craig Stevens on defense, CB Jerraud Powers on special teams, and DB/WR Brian Anydike and LB Adam Herring on the scout team.

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Tate leads AU and is 8th in the SEC with 597 rushing yards.

“Cole Bennett played very good run blocking,” said Tuberville. “He made a big catch, maybe our only third down conversions.

“Craig Stevens, all the linebackers, played well.”

***Tuberville was pleased with the play of tailback Ben Tate who had a big second half finishing with a game-high 91 yards on 23 carries.

“Ben is becoming a stronger runner,” said Tuberville. “He’s running hard, getting a lot of confidence and I’m proud of the way he’s maturing.”

***Tuberville credited good tackling and solid basic defense in shutting down the Razorback running game.

“We tried to force everything out wide and try to run them down. When you do that, you’ve got to tackle them.”

***Tuberville says he plans to play backup QB Kodi Burns more this season.

***Tuberville credited holder Matthew Motley for handling a high snap on AU’s final field goal.

“He’s sure-handed. He studies the blocking each week, how they try to block, where they’re going to come from. He works good with a true freshman kicker, too, settles him down. He’s kind of an unsung hero on this team, behind the scenes.”

***Tuberville said AU adjusted to a more conservative gameplan on offense after the defense started out so well against the Hawgs.

“We go in with several gameplans,” he said. “Once we saw we could play defense against them and they were going to struggle, you shift gears and you do some different things.

“But we’ve got to get a lot better on offense. We can’t put their back to the wall like we did all night. We had probably seven or eight possessions inside their 40. Nine points, that ain’t going to beat many folks.”

***Auburn will play at LSU Saturday night with kickoff scheduled for 8 p.m. CT. The game will be carried on ESPN.

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