Blake's Back In Form As Tigers Handle UVA

Emory Blake talks about Auburn's Chick-fil-A Bowl victory over Virginia and Barrett Trotter's performance.

Atlanta, Ga.--Emory Blake said he wasn't 100 percent physically on his mending ankle, but he was good enough to help his Tigers outscore Virginia 43-24 on New Year's Eve in Atlanta.

The junior wide receiver looked like his old self as he caught six passes for 108 yards after limping through much of the season.

"That was a lot of fun," he said as he celebrated at the Georgia Dome following Auburn's Chick-fil-A Bowl victory.

"It was Coach (Gus) Malzhan's last game and then with Clint (Moseley) getting hurt and BT (Barrett Trotter) stepping in and playing like it did, when you consider the plays we made as a team it was just an exciting football game," Blake said.

Blake said he was happy to send the seniors out as winners and added, "I am excited for the whole team and the whole Auburn Family."

Commenting on how he played, "My ankle was to the point where I wasn't thinking about it. I felt like I played a good game tonight.

Blake was involved in one of the big plays for the Tigers, a 50-yard pass from Trotter. "I haven't seen BT sling one like that in a while," he said with a big smile. "He put it right on the money. That really gave us momentum for the rest of the game.

"I am very proud of Barrett and what he was able to accomplish tonight," Blake said of Trotter, who had been working on the scout team for part of the bowl practices.

"I am not surprised he did well because he knows the system and he was the starter earlier in the year," Blake said. "He came in and played well tonight."

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