AU-UGA News, Notes & Quotes, Part 1

Comments from Dee Ford plus news and notes are featured from Auburn's football loss to Georgia.

Auburn, Ala.--Dee Ford's football season has been doubly frustrating with Auburn at 2-8 and the junior defensive end slowed about half the season with an abdominal injury.

Ford started Auburn's first five games before the injury and finally got back into the starting lineup against Georgia on Saturday night at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Ford had a solid night, but the Tigers could do little defensively to halt the Bulldogs, who rolled to a 38-0 victory. Ford registered six tackles, including one of Auburn's two sacks.

"It was really bad because Georgia ran the ball on us so well," Ford commented about the Bulldogs racking up 289 yards on the ground to go with 208 passing for 497 yards total offense.

What frustrates Ford and his teammates is what takes place in practice isn't transferred to the field on Saturdays.

"I know practices are closed, but if people could see how hard we work they would know what I'm talking about," he said. "There's a lot of energy and we are flying around, even on Thursdays instead of the normal walk-through practice."

Asked about the talk concerning the status of head coach Gene Chizik and his assistant coaches as it relates to one of the worst seasons in Auburn history, Ford said he doesn't check the Internet or listen to talk shows. "My job is to play football and work hard to be prepared for each game," he said. "Other things are out of my control."

In other news and notes:

*True freshman Cassanova McKinzy started at middle linebacker in place of junior Jake Holland, who was unable to practice during the week because of an ankle sprain. McKinzy started the Vanderbilt game and finished with a team-high 12 tackles, the second highest total by a first-time starter since defensive press box defensive stats became official in 2004. He led Auburn tacklers against Georgia with four solo stops and three assists for seven total tackles.

*Josh Holsey, a true freshman, and Jonathan Mincy opened at the cornerbacks for the Tigers.

*Sophomore tight end C.J. Uzomah returned to action after missing the previous week's win over New Mexico State with a broken finger.

*Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray completed his first 10 passes before Holsey made an outstanding play to bat away a long pass intended for Malcolm Mitchell early in the second quarter. Murray connected on all nine of his first quarter attempts for 71 yards and two touchdowns.

At the half, Murray was 16-20 for 186 yards and three touchdowns through the air. He threw the ball sparingly in the second half to finish the game with 18-of-24 passing for 208 yards and three touchdowns.

*Auburn's true freshman quarterback Jonathan Wallace was also perfect in the first quarter with five completions in as many attempts for 59 yards. Wallace finished the first half with eight completions in 10 attempts for 113 yards. For the game, Wallace completed 15 of 22 attempts for 181 yards with one interception. The 181 yards is a career high.

*With 35 seconds remaining in the first half, Georgia punted for the first time after scoring touchdowns on its first four possessions. At that point, Auburn had punted on all five of its possessions.

*Sophomore tight end Brandon Fulse's first career pass reception from Wallace in the second quarter was good for eight yards.

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