"A lot of people are panicking and saying, ‘Oh my, what is wrong with Auburn? What is Auburn going to do?' We are just not going to lay down the rest of the season. We still have 10 games left. No matter what happens, we have 10 games left. We are not laying down, we are not scared of anyone. We are going to line up and play against anyone we have to. We are going to go out and we are going to fight."
The Tigers and the Vanderbilt Commodores kick off shortly after 11:30 a.m. Saturday in Nashville. The Commodores are 1-1 after defeating Division I-AA foe Chattanooga 51-0 last week while Auburn fell 17-3 at Georgia Tech. The Tigers dropped out of the Top 10 after a week one shutout to Southern Cal and dropped out of the Top 25 faster at warp speed with the unexpected road loss at Tech.
Torbor says that loss last Saturday and the opening day blanking vs. Southern Cal have hurt the pride of the seniors. "We took it personally," he says. "It is our team. Our last year. Ultimately, we are going be remembered for this season whatever it becomes.
"The problem is a lot of our seniors know we are not vocal guys. We lead by example, but that is not enough. We have to do more. Coach challenged us to do more. A lot of us have begun to be vocal and get on guys. A coach can tell a guy something is wrong, but there is nothing like hearing it from a player. We are just trying to do that and get this thing rolling."
Auburn coaches in practice this week have been challenging defensive players to come up with more big plays after creating just one turnover so far this season. "The answer is to work harder," says Torbor, who adds, "We have been here before. We started off one season ranked 65 and worked our way up to the Top 15. People jumping off the bandwagon, they are a dime a dozen. If we win a couple of games they will be back. For the ones who are still here, they are the ones we work for along with ourselves. We are just going to work hard. It is going to click. We believe in ourselves. That is the main thing."
Reggie Torbor says he hopes to be a difference-maker on Saturday.
Vanderbilt is expected to have a lot to say about whether or not Auburn will end its two-game losing streak. "They are not the typical Vanderbilt team," he says. "They have gotten a lot better. They have confidence. They are coming off a big win last week. They scored 51 points. They have a veteran offensive line. The quarterback was athletic last year, but was kind of feeling his away around. This year he looks more comfortable and their offense is very dangerous so we have to be careful and work hard."
Torbor says that he expects he and the other players at his position will be busy on Saturday. "They run a lot of option and they like to isolate the defensive end," Torbor notes.
The Tigers haven't lost to Vandy since falling to the Commodores in the 1955 Gator Bowl. After losing two straight to start a season with high expectations, Torbor says the Tigers don't need to drop another one. "It is a must win game," he says.