Eltoro Bullish On Auburn After Final AU Game

Senior Eltoro Freeman talks about his final college game and playing for the Auburn Tigers.

Atlanta, Ga.--While the Chick-fil-A Bowl was the last time Eltoro Freeman will ever suit up as a Tiger, Auburn's 43–24 win over Virginia was a perfect ending for the senior linebacker.

"It's feels great," Freeman said. "It always feels great to go out on a win."

Freeman, who finished with four tackles against the Cavaliers and 62 for the season, said that he's especially happy for the younger players on the team.

"They see what it takes to win," he said. "They've been around winning, so I hope that gives them momentum for next season."

After yielding 295 yards, 17 first downs and 17 points to Virginia in the first half, the defense rebounded in the second, holding the Cavaliers to 140 yards, eight first downs and only seven points.

Freeman said the biggest reason for the defense bouncing back in the second half was the way the Tigers worked together when adversity came.

"If we just stayed together as a team, as a defense, we would correct the things that were happening in the game," said the Alexander City native. "We see what they've done throughout the season, but you give them a month off, and you see some different things. And we knew that was going to happen."

"Coach (Gene) Chizik is a great defensive coordinator, a great head coach," Freeman added. "He corrected those things."

Now that his playing career at Auburn is over, Freeman said he plans to start training soon in preparation for the NFL Draft.

While the journey from being a standout linebacker at Benjamin Russell High School to the Tigers' starting middle linebacker and an Auburn graduate has been long and sometimes painful for Freeman, he said when he reflects back on this season and his career, he sees it as a blessing.

"I'm glad that God blessed me with the talent to even be able to come here," he said." "I'm glad God placed me here because I experienced something I feel I will never experience nowhere else.

"My whole Auburn experience made me a better man and a better football player."

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