Tigers Not Happy With Performance In Win

Coach Tommy Tuberville talks about the positives and negatives from Saturday's important victory over Arkansas.

Auburn, Ala.—Following a victory over the seventh-ranked Arkansas Razorbacks Saturday in Fayetteville, Coach Tommy Tuberville said the coaches were pleased to get the victory, but not happy with the play of the team for much of the game. While he said the effort was there and he was proud of that part of the game, he admitted they still had a long way to go to be the kind of team they want to be this season.

"We are excited about winning the game," Tuberville said. "When you don't play well and win the game ugly it means your doing something right. We have good leadership. The guys played really hard and laid it on the line, but we're going to have to continue to get better and be much more improved in how we played if we expect to move up the charts."

Carnell Williams runs for big yardage against the Hogs Saturday in a 10-3 Tiger victory.

In rushing for 150 yards on 35 carries and one touchdown, junior running back Carnell Williams earned the offensive player of the week from the coaching staff. The defensive co-players of the week were Karlos Dansby and Spencer Johnson while senior Justin Fetsko was named the special teams' player of the week. Dansby was all over the field Saturday with 12 tackles, three for losses, and one sack. Johnson finished with five tackles and took on double teams for most of the game to allow Dansby and fellow linebackers Dontarrious Thomas and Travis Williams to clean up at the line of scrimmage.

One area of concern has been the amount of carries that Williams has received in the last two weeks. Carrying the ball 71 times in two games without much of a blow during games is something that Tuberville said is right up Williams' alley. An energetic player that never sits down on the sidelines during game, the junior still has plenty left said Tuberville.

"He is into the game," Tuberville said. "He really loves being a team player. He pulls for all of his defensive teammates and offensive teammates. He still had a lot left in him (against Arkansas). He was leading the cheers in the locker room after the game.

"You would think that a guy that carried the ball 35 times and got hit like he did all day would be looking for a place to sit down a get a cold cup of water. He's that type of guy. He's full speed in everything he does. He has great endurance and so far so good on the injury. I think he's just getting stronger and stronger."

Auburn employed a little different starting lineup on Saturday when sophomore Ben Obomanu started at wide receiver in place of redshirt freshman Courtney Taylor. After struggling mightily to begin the season, Tuberville said Obomanu had earned the right to start because of his recent play both in games and on the practice field.

"He's gotten better," Tuberville said. "He's practiced better with more concentration. All of them played quite a bit, but Ben got the start because of work ethic. Sometimes when you lose your starting position you have to work harder to get back in and he's done that."

On the injury front fullback Brandon Johnson suffered a bruised shoulder in Saturday's game and Tuberville said he's hopeful that Johnson along with running back Ronnie Brown, cornerback Carlos Rogers and defensive end Jay Ratliff will all be back on the field this weekend when the Tigers host an improving Mississippi State team. Junior Rosegreen has a slight ankle sprain, but it's nothing that will keep him out any significant amount of time this week.

Kickoff for Saturday's game is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. and can be seen on a pay-per-view basis only.

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