Dansby Looking For Better Performances

Tiger senior Karlos Dansby takes a look at the Auburn defense as his team prepares for its third non-conference game of the season.

Auburn, Ala.--Karlos Dansby says a major point of emphasis for the Auburn defense for game four is to take the football away from Western Kentucky.

As a unit, the Auburn defense is playing solidly, but one area where it has been substandard is in creating turnovers. The Tigers just have one interception in three games and have only been able to come up with three of the eight fumbles that have hit the ground this season.

Karlos Dansby

"We can't just stop people and get them off the field," Dansby says. "We have got to get some turnovers and give our offense great field position."

Auburn's defense is allowing 262.3 yards per game, which is third in the SEC and 11th nationally. LSU leads the SEC at 260.2 yards allowed per game and South Carolina is second at 261.8.

Dansby, a senior linebacker and a preseason All-SEC pick, says he and his teammates are emphasizing the need to be physical this week against the Hilltoppers and carry out that theme for the rest of the season.

Karlos Dansby (11) pursues the football in Auburn's 45-7 victory at Vandy.

Another theme has been the need to improve in all areas on defense. "We still have got a long way to go," Dansby says. "We have got about nine more ball games and if we continue to progress we should come out as a pretty good defense."

Western Kentucky's offense likes to run the ball so Dansby and his teammates should have a chance to get physical for Saturday's game at Jordan-Hare Stadium that will kick off at 4 p.m.

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