Ford And Tigers Focused On Moving Forward

Auburn senior defensive end Dee Ford talks about the huge win over Texas A&M and moving forward as a team.

Auburn, Ala.--All the hard work. All the rehab. All the eating to keep his weight up. All the training he had put in for the last four and a half years. It all came back to Dee Ford as Texas A&M neared the Auburn end zone needing a touchdown to snatch the win away from the Tigers.

On second and 10 from the Auburn 18, Johnny Manziel dropped back to pass only to be dropped for an eight-yard loss by Ford. Two plays later the speedy defensive end was at it again. On fourth down and needing a touchdown to win, Manziel couldn't escape the grasp of Ford as the 20-yard loss put the finishing touches on a huge win for the Tigers.

"I didn't really have a thought process," Ford said of his two sacks. "I knew they were throwing the ball. I knew at that point, I needed to contain Manziel.

"That last sack is a credit to the defense. It was a blitz and I knew I had to contain the blitz and that they were going to flush him to me and I just needed to make the play, and I made the play. That definitely came from the right side of the blitz and them flushing him to me."

Dee Ford makes one of this two sacks vs. the Aggies.

The victory was another huge step for a program that won just three games last season. Now leaping onto the national radar with a No. 11 ranking both the AP Poll and the first BCS standings of the year, Auburn has turned things around quicker than many predicted. While it would be easy to get caught up in the hoopla, Ford said the key for this team is to remain focused on the goal of improving each day.

"You can't help but hear about it from fans, Twitter, with all the social media," Ford said. "We try to block it out, but I think I would be lying if I told you I didn't look and see that we were No. 11 in the nation. That's pretty huge, but we definitely want to enjoy the moment, enjoy the feeling, but kind of just move forward and just know that this is only temporary. It's only temporary.

"We've just got to keep working and, like I said, stay focused and keep our composure, just keep working at practice. Malzahn said we're not going to do anything different. We're going to keep doing the things that we've been doing to get us to this point. We're not going to change anything. We're just going to keep moving forward and keep fighting."

When Malzahn was hired he brought the idea of a new day for the Auburn program and it's something his players adopted as well. Working throughout the the spring and summer to make sure they didn't have a repeat of last season, Ford said the Tigers are focused on bigger and better things the remainder of the 2013 season.

"I said it during media days, it's a new day," Ford said. "We're not worried about last year. We definitely come into every game trying to win every game. We play every game to win it and I think people understand that people really understand that we mean business when we say that. It's a new day. We're the same players, but a different team from last year. We expected this. We're just going to keep moving forward."


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