Deaderick to chase old friend Friday

Auburn quarterback Chris Todd was injured and did not play in last year's 36-0 Auburn loss at Bryant-Denny Stadium. One of his current receivers, Kodi Burns, was behind center that day. So when Todd drops back for that first pass Friday in this year's Iron Bowl, he'll get the chance to renew an old acquaintance: Alabama defensive end Brandon Deaderick.



"Yeah, I know him pretty well," Brandon Deaderick said of his high school teammate in Elizabethtwon, Ky. "We played together for three years. The last time I taked to him was when they played Tennessee. I was just telling him how good the (Auburn) offense looked. They looked pretty good out there against Tennessee.

"They're fast. I'd have to say they've improved a lot since last season."

Deaderick won't think about high school camaraderie Friday.

"No, not really," he said. "We try to affect the quarterback every game. I'll approach it like I do every other game. It's just another quarterback. The fact that I played with him in high school doesn't change anything."

Two sets of three Tiders will chase Todd, and just from a defensive line standpoint.

"We've got a good rotation. We keep everybody fresh," Deaderick said, adding that starters Lorenzo Washington, Terrence Cody and he are quickly spelled each game by backup defensive ends Marcell Dareus and Luther Davis and nose tackle Josh Chapman.

"Everybody can come in and contribute," said Deaderick. "I think we have one of the better d-lines around. I thnk we shed blocks pretty well, and we get after the quarterback with pressures. We're keeping the linebackers free (from blocks). As long as we're playing like that, we'll be fine defensively."

Deaderick said a key is stopping the Tigers' rushing attack.

"They have a real explosive offense, and they're a physical bunch," he said. "They've got some real good backs. Sound blocking. We just have to match their physicality up front and stone the run. If we can do that, we can win the game."

Deaderick played against most of the Tigers' offensive line last year. He sees a different look on film this year, and not just because of coordinator Gus Malzahn's high-paced offense.

"It seems like they've bought into it more," said Deaderick. "They're playing harder, and have a little bit more chemistry."

As is always the case when a Bama player makes the cover of Sports Illustrated, as Mark Ingram did this week, teammates are asked about the old "SI Jinx."

Deaderick isn't buying it.

"I don't really believe in jinxes," he said. "It only affects it if you let it affect you. (Ingram's) earned it. He's a good player."

So far this year, Deaderick has 18 total tackles, 3.5 tackles for a loss and one sack. He'd like to add to that last stat Saturday against an old friend from "E-town," as those who hail from there call it. Todd this year has been sacked 15 times, which is sixth in the SEC. Bama is third in the league with 28 sacks.

Todd has completed nearly 60-percent of his passes for 2,196 yards and 19 touchdowns.

Alabama and Auburn will tee it up at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Jordan-Haire Stadium, with CBS set to televise.

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