Season Of Disappointment For Blake

Auburn senior wide receiver Emory Blake talks about the loss to Texas A&M and the final four games of his college career with the Tigers.

Auburn, Ala.—It wasn't supposed to be like this for senior wide receiver Emory Blake. One of the top pass catchers and clutch players in Auburn history, the Texas native finally got the opportunity to face off against a home state school, but a 63-21 loss to Texas A&M will make the trips home less pleasant for Blake down the road.

"It's tough," Blake said. "I talked to a lot of the guys after the game. It was good to see them and play against them. I was very excited. It is what it is. They played very well. Good luck to those guys the rest of the season."

The blowout loss continued the tough times for the Tigers in 2012 as the offense and defense both struggled to once again get anything positive going in the seventh loss of the season. Doing his part with 35 catches for 531 yards and three touchdowns, Blake said while he has done some good things this year it's not even close to taking away the disappointment of the losses they've endured.

"It's tiring," Blake said. "It's not fun. It stinks. I don't like doing it. It's different for me. We just have to keep chopping wood and keep working hard."

With Homecoming this weekend against New Mexico State and opportunities to pull off a huge upset against Georgia and Alabama remaining, Blake said this team has plenty of talent and the right coaching to get the job done. Now all that remains is to make it happen on the field.

"I have never doubted my ability and never will doubt my ability," Blake said. "I don't doubt my teammates' ability either. We just have to put it together. I don't think it's skill or the coaching, we just haven't put a full game together and we need to do that."

Already with seven losses in their first eight games, the Tigers will miss out on a bowl game for the first time since 2008 and for just the second time since 1999. That's a hard pill to swallow for a senior like Blake, but he said he'll just have to make the best of things because it could always be worse.

"I have four more games left here," Blake said. "Time has really flown by. I'm just going to give it my all. I'm blessed to have four more games. Lutz (Philip Lutzenkirchen) doesn't have that privilege. That's the way I'm looking at it."

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