Tigers vs. Tigers for SEC West

Head Coach Tommy Tuberville named Jason Campbell Auburn's starting quarterback for the Tigers' SEC Western Division showdown at LSU Saturday. Tuberville announced the decision after a two-hour practice that included loud music at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Although Tuberville named Campbell the starting quarterback, he said both he and Daniel Cobb have had a good week of practice.

"We chose a quarterback, for now," Tuberville said. "Jason Campbell will be our starting quarterback unless I change my mind before Saturday. But for now, he is our starter. There is not a lot of difference between any of our quarterbacks. But, we feel like it is time to get him back out there and see what he can do. We hope he learned a lot from the sidelines. He's looked good in practice everyday as has Daniel.

"Hopefully they can move the team, make first downs and score some points. As we have told the team, first downs are going to be just as important as points in the first half of this game. We need to set the tempo and take time off the clock. We have to have confidence in what we're doing and make some plays."

Campbell has completed 76-of-119 passes for 940 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions while Cobb has thrown for 1,165 yards on 89-of-158 passing, seven touchdowns and seven interceptions this season.

The music at practice was used to help simulate the noise at LSU's Tiger Stadium which seats over 90,000.

"You'll have to speak up when you ask your questions because none of us can hear after our practice," Tuberville said as he addressed the media. "It was pretty loud in the stadium tonight. We simulated the crowd noise to try to show our players in the huddle how we need to communicate. We had another good, spirited practice. I think it has dawned on them that they have the chance to get back to Atlanta."

Auburn, which has already clinched a share of the SEC Western Division title, will face LSU at 6:45 p.m. in a game televised by ESPN. The winner of the game will play in the SEC Championship game in Atlanta on Dec. 8.


Richt Asks Fans to Show Up for 'Dog Walk'

ATHENS, Ga. -- The Georgia Bulldogs (7-3) worked out for more than two hours in shoulder pads and shorts on Wednesday in Athens as they continue to prepare for this weekend's regular-season finale against Houston (0-10).

Head coach Mark Richt said he hoped Georgia fans would give the Bulldog seniors a memorable final game in Sanford Stadium, including the team's "Dog Walk" from Lumpkin Street into the stadium at approximately 10:30 a.m.

"You've got a bunch of seniors who it's their last game," Richt said. "They want to have some really good memories of this last 'Dog Walk,' last crowd, last game. I think we owe it to them to show up in numbers and show them appreciation for what they've done."

On the injury front, Richt said a series of setbacks has depleted Georgia's receiving corps.

"Fred (Gibson) missed practice today because of a stomach virus, but hopefully will be back tomorrow," Richt said. "We didn't see much from Damien Gary. He's still very questionable and hasn't done anything (in practice) yet (this week). LaBrone Mitchell's hamstring is bothering him and he hasn't practiced in two days. (Tavarus) Morgan (shoulder injury) has started practicing but I don't know if he'll be ready for this game. Morgan should be ready for the bowl. (Brent) Hunter got dinged up yesterday -- went up for a ball and landed on his head -- he had a little concussion but he's all right."

The Bulldogs, who are ranked No. 16 and No. 19 in this week's AP and USA Today/ESPN polls, respectively, will face the Cougars at noon ET on Saturday. The contest will not be televised -- breaking a streak of five straight TV appearances. All told, eight of Georgia's 11 games this season were televised. All Georgia football games are broadcast on NewsTalk 750 WSB and the WSB/Georgia Bulldogs Radio Network.


Kentucky Offense Among League's Best Since Oct. 20

Since the games of Oct. 20, Kentucky's offense has been among the most potent in the Southeastern Conference. The Wildcats have averaged 485.3 yards per game in total offense since Oct. 20, as UK has played four games at Georgia, at Mississippi State, at Vanderbilt, and vs. Tennessee and rolled up 1941 yards. Kentucky is surpassed only by Florida during that time frame, as the Gators have averaged 522.5 yards in their four games since that date.

Kentucky leads the league in passing yardage since Oct. 20, averaging 389 passing yards over the four games. Florida is second in passing yardage with 363 per game.

The Wildcats have stepped up their scoring as well, averaging 33.5 points since Oct. 20. UK has been effective in the "Blue Zone" (20-yard line and in), converting 12 of 14 opportunities 10 touchdowns and two field goals.

Sam Ball to Represent UK at SEC Living Legends Dinner: Former University of Kentucky All-America offensive tackle Sam Ball will represent UK at the annual Southeastern Conference Living Legends Dinner, held Fri. Dec. 7 in conjunction with the SEC Football Championship Game in Atlanta.

Twelve SEC Living Legends, one from each league school, are honored each year at the championship game. In addition to the dinner, the Living Legends participate in autograph and public interview sessions at the "Dr Pepper SEC FanFare." The FanFare will be held Dec. 7-8 at the Georgia World Congress Center, located next to the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

Ball played at Kentucky from 1963-65 and was named first-team All-America as a senior by United Press International, The Football Writers Association of America, and The Sporting News. He also was a first-team All-SEC choice. After his senior season, he played in the College All-Star Game, the North-South Shrine Game, and the Senior Bowl. He was a first-round NFL draft choice in 1966 by the Baltimore Colts and played six seasons with that team. The Colts advanced to two Super Bowls, winning the 1971 title and losing in 1969.

Ball lives in Henderson, Ky., where he manages a 350-acre farm and is an award-winning salesman in an agri-business company. He also is very involved in civic and church activities and is in high demand as a public speaker.

Since 1993, UK's Living Legends have been George Blanda (1993), Vito "Babe" Parilli (1994), Derrick Ramsey (1995), Wallace "Wah Wah" Jones (1996), Jerry Claiborne (1997), Bob Gain (1998), Steve Meilinger (1999), and Lou Michaels (2000).


LSU Continues to Prepare for Auburn

BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU continued its preparations for Saturday's Southeastern Conference Western Division title game against 25th-ranked Auburn with a two hour practice here Wednesday at the LSU Practice Facility.

LSU, ranked No. 22 in the nation, has won three straight and stands at 7-3 overall and in second place in the SEC Western Division with a 4-3 mark. Auburn, losers of two of its last three games, is 7-3 overall and leads the SEC West with a 5-2 mark. The winner of Saturday's game will represent the SEC West in the league's championship game.

"Things seem to be going well this week," LSU coach Nick Saban said after practice. "We have the focus and concentration I was looking for. In order to win this time of year you need focus and sound execution. We need to have the maturity to stay focused and accomplish something. I think we've been able to do that so far. Our concentration will go along way in determining how we play the game.

"There is certainly nothing to fear here. We have an opportunity and they (the players) should just go for it."

Saban said that he and the players are approaching the Auburn game just like any other game this year.

"I think it's important for them to approach this game just like every other game. Because of what we want to accomplish and what we are prepared to accomplish, I'm hoping we go out and get the job done. I think if you change the routines or other things and people see you as changing the way you approach things, it makes you look like your practicing against what you are preaching."

Saban said the Tigers will enter the Auburn contest without any injuries.

LSU will practice again on Thursday followed by a walk-thru in Tiger Stadium on Friday afternoon. Kickoff for Saturday's contest is at 6:45 p.m. and the game will be televised to a national audience by ESPN.


Stephens, Henderson Named to FWAA All-America First Team

Tennessee seniors Travis Stephens and John Henderson today were named to the 2001 Football Writers Association of America All-America first team. Stephens becomes the first Vols running back since Johnny Majors in 1956 to earn a first-team selection, while Henderson is the 13th Volunteer to be named All-American twice. He was a consensus choice in 2000.

Stephens leads the Southeastern Conference is rushing with 1,201 yards on 258 carries. He has scored nine touchdowns, eight by rushing, and has been among the nation's leaders in rushing attempts all season.

"We've had a lot of great running backs that have achieved an awful lot, but for the impact one young man made in one year, Travis Stephens has done as much for this football team as any of those guys could have," head coach Phillip Fulmer said. "Not only with his production on Saturdays, but more importantly the attitude and energy he brought to our offensive football team has meant a lot to our success."

Henderson registered the 20th sack of his career Nov. 17 against Kentucky, which ties for sixth on the UT list. He had to sit out the Arkansas and Vanderbilt games with a high ankle sprain, but still is second on the team with eight tackles for loss.

"John's meant as much to this team as Al Wilson did in 1998," Fulmer said. "The fact that he stayed in college to lead this football team, his off-season leadership. Even more so, how he as fought through the adversity of the injuries and still been at the forefront of the leadership of the football team. You have to admire him and I congratulate him on his awards."

The Vols joined Miami (Florida), Florida and Oklahoma in placing multiple players on the FWAA team (see UTSports.com for the complete list). Tennessee has had 64 players named All-American 79 times.

Last Tackle Thursday: Fulmer and the Tennessee squad will stage the symbolic "last tackle" ceremonies to conclude Thursday's practice. The event takes place no earlier than 5:15 p.m. Eastern time, with each of the Vols' 23 seniors receiving a send-off from Fulmer before they blast a tackling dummy dressed in Florida's team colors. The Vols visit Florida Saturday for a 4:30 p.m. kickoff.

Injury Update: Questionable -- DE Demetrin Veal (knee); DT Kevin Young (knee).

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