Slade & Company Hoping To Slow Down Jones

Auburn guard Chad Slade talks about facing off against Georgia's talented pass rusher Jarvis Jones.

Auburn, Ala.—There is no question that one of the biggest matchups this weekend when Auburn takes on #5 Georgia is the offensive line for the Tigers going head to head with the pass rushing machine Jarvis Jones for the Bulldogs.

Despite missing two games this season and banged up in a few more, the former USC signee has been a dominant force for Georgia's defense in 2012. Third on the team in tackles with 52, Jones has eight and a half sacks and 15 tackles for losses this season and an incredible 23 quarterback pressures.

Slowing him down will be the job of Auburn's young offensive tackles Greg Robinson and Patrick Miller. Called on to help Miller will be sophomore guard Chad Slade for the Tigers. A veteran with two years of experience under his belt, Slade said it will be a difficult challenge against Jones, but it's one he believes they are ready for.

"Basically, to stop him you've got to execute," Slade said. "You've got to be able to get your hands on him, block him. He's a good player, but you can stop him. It's not that hard. You've just got to go out there and make the calls, go out there and execute the calls and know that he's probably going to be on the side where the tackle will be made. He's the type of player who will be one of the impact players.

"Playing against him last year, he was a good person," he added. "Seeing him play, it's pretty cool to just watch him play. He's just like every other person. You still go out there and still play. He's still a human being. We just have to go out there and execute what we have to do and hopefully get this win this weekend."

Putting together one of the its best games of the season last week in the win over New Mexico State, Slade said the offensive line knows it will be a much different challenge this week against Georgia. Something that gives the Tigers hope though is the play of true freshman quarterback Jonathan Wallace.

While his numbers won't blow you away on the field, Slade said it's the things you don't see about the freshman that make his teammates believe he can get the job done.

"He's the type of person, he'll be here until 11 o'clock at night watching film or past midnight; just studying the play book or going over the defense," Slade said. "I believe 100 percent in Jonathan. He's the type of person who comes in here and works hard every day, comes to get better every day. He takes control of everything. He's the type of person who brings energy to practice. He's the type of person you want to be around. He's a person you can come to when you want to get all that excitement going."

Once again a bid underdog at home, Slade said this week has been a good one for the team after getting a win on Saturday. Knowing they are talented enough to put everything together and finish strong, he said the goal this week is to play well and see what happens.

"I know we just had to get that sick feeling out of our mouth," Slade said. "We've had close games that we didn't pull out. Getting a win, just knowing that we have that in us, that we can still win a game, I believe we're going to out there with the mentality like we had against LSU.

"We have a never-give-up mentality. We work our butts off every day. Just like LSU -- nobody thought we'd come that close to LSU. We have to out there with the same mentality we've been having. Go out there and play with the passion we have knowing that we can play with anybody."


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