Tigers Working To Get Back On Track

Auburn players Angelo Blackson, Jonathon Mincy and Nosa Eguae talk about the 1-6 start.

Auburn, Ala.—Part of an Auburn team off to a 1-6 start, the worst for the Tigers in 50 years, Angelo Blackson is one of several players that talked about the key for the remaining five games in the 2012 season. While cutting down turnovers and mistakes is important as is creating turnovers on defense, the big sophomore defensive tackle said the biggest thing the team must do right now is continue to work on the practice field.

"At the end of the day as a team we just want to work," Blackson said. "I'm just going to keep working. At 1-6 we're losing this season, but it's a part of the game, it's a part of the football game. We were all ready to accept that when we sign those papers. I'm just going to keep working, we're going to keep working as a team, and we're going to get in the film room and try to fix everything we can."

"Nobody is shutting it down," he adds. "We all win together and we lose together. Right now we're losing, but like I said it's a part of the game. We're holding in there and we're going to try and win out these five games and do the best we can."

With the struggle to win games a stressful situation, it could lead to unrest and finger pointing. While just a few weeks ago that looked like it was going to be the case for this year's team, sophomore cornerback Jonathon Mincy said that because just about everyone has given up on this team it has actually brought them closer together.

"Definitely, because we're all going through it with each other," Mincy said. "When it comes down to it we trust each other. We're out there with each other each and every day. Just being able to learn from our mistakes in the game and just go through practice, it's definitely helping us."

Just two years removed from a national championship and with a record of 22-5 the last two seasons, nobody expected to see Auburn fighting in week seven eight to remain bowl eligible this season, especially not the players. As part of that title team and someone that has played a pivotal role for the Tigers the last two years, junior Nosa Eguae said now is the time for more hard work until they accomplish that breakthrough win they're looking for.

"It's tough," Eguae said. "We're not used to this at all, but we know exactly what we have to do and that's to keep working. You can't sit around and be upset and sit in the corner. You have to keep working and that's all we can do. We know the more we work the better we're going to get and on Saturdays we're going to get W's. We have to work every single day to get better and get wins on Saturdays."


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