Tigers Expect Hogs to Run

The 17th-ranked Auburn Tigers spent two and a half hours Tuesday on the practice fields continuing to prepare for its game Saturday at Arkansas. Defensive coordinator John Lovett stressed the importance of getting healthy and consistency on the defensive side of the ball.

"We had a good workout today," Lovett said. "The players are ready to get back into conference play. Our kids will be more motivated to play this week than they were against Louisiana Tech. We will definitely be healthier and will have more depth on defense this week. It was good to see Tavarreus Pounds, Travaris Robinson and Mark Brown back on the practice fields getting ready to play.

"We have a very young team on defense," Lovett said. "Mental mistakes have gotten us into a bind several times this season. We have let teams back in games on two occasions, but our players have found a way to win. I think we learned from last week's game. They had to make something happen in overtime, and they did."

Lovett expects Arkansas to try to establish the running game against the Tigers on Saturday. The Razorbacks are currently averaging 118 yards rushing per game.

"Their starting running back came here last year and was very successful," Lovett said. "I expect them to come out Saturday and try to run against us. Our number one priority is to stop the run and that is what we will try to do."

Saturday's game against Arkansas is set for 11:30 a.m. CT and will be televised by Jefferson Pilot Sports.


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