Blake Steps Up, But His Tigers Struggle

Auburn wide receiver Emory Blake discusses his team's loss at Georgia.

Athens, Ga.--The bright spots for the Auburn Tigers were few and far between during a 45-7 football whipping administered by the Georgia Bulldogs on Saturday.

Perhaps the brightest was junior wide receiver Emory Blake, who continues his recovery from an ankle injury. On Saturday he caught six passes for 101 yards in a game in which the Tigers finished with just 12 receptions for 144 yards.

"They are very good up front and they gave our offensive line some problems," Blake said. "They sent some good blitzes at the right time. It was just a tough game for us."

Blake said that he played at 75 percent for Auburn's victory over Ole Miss two weeks earlier. How much better was he after having two weeks to prepare for game 10 vs. Georgia? "I still wouldn't say I am close to 100 percent," he stated. "I would say I am closer to 80 percent. The ankle sprain has taken a long time to heal. I work on it every day."

Emory Blake makes one of his half dozen catches.

Blake said the Tigers went into the game expecting to play well against the Bulldogs in the 115th renewal of the SEC's oldest rivalry. Georgia took control in the second quarter with three uncontested touchdowns and cruised to the victory after that.

"We need to go back to work," he said. "We need to watch film and look at the mistakes we made and just bounce back."

Blake gave credit to the Bulldogs for playing well, but said the Tigers aided the home team. "They are a good team, but we played very poorly, " the wide receiver said.

Next up for the Tigers is their Homecoming game. Kickoff is scheduled for noon on Saturday as Samford visits Jordan-Hare Stadium.

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