Emory Blake Trying to Keep on Pushing Through

Senior receiver Emory Blake talks about the disappointment of his senior year and just trying to win every game.

Nashville, Tenn. – As Auburn sits at 1-6 heading home from Nashville it's something the players could have never seen coming.

The upperclassmen have a national championship under their belts from two years ago, and they could also be a part of the worst Auburn team record-wise in more than half a century. The 1-6 start is the worst since 1952, the year before Ralph "Shug" Jordan was hired.

"It's very frustrating," said Emory Blake, who caught a touchdown pass in the BCS National Championship Game against Oregon. "I never thought we'd be in this position, but this is where we are.

"We're all going to continue to fight," he added. "We're never going to quit. That's just us. That's how we are as a team. It's tough, but we're never going to give up."

Blake led the championship team with eight receiving scores as a sophomore. More than halfway through his senior season he has just two touchdown receptions.

The Tigers haven't officially been eliminated from bowl contention, but still remaining on the schedule are BCS ranked #18 Texas A&M, #11 Georgia and #1 Alabama.

Beating any of those teams seems unlikely. The Auburn football program had never lost to Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt in the same season in its 120 years.

"We've just got to figure out a way," Blake said. "We just didn't get it done today. We just have to execute. It's as simple as that. They had some good calls, but we didn't execute.

"We have to take it one game at a time and win each and every one of them," he added. "Like I said, we didn't expect to be here, and we don't like being here. It's different for all of us. But this is where we are." Auburn's record since the 14-0 season is 9-11.

So how do the Tigers keep fighting each week?

"I won't say it's just a grind," Blake responded. "It's always a grind. We're going to keep working hard, and that's about it."

Blake caught four passes for 47 yards on Saturday at Vanderbilt. He is ninth in career receiving in school history with 1,658 yards.

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