Expected to be a loud and rowdy crowd similar to two seasons ago when the LSU faithful were ruthless in their taunts of Auburn fans, players and coaches, the trip might not be an easy one for even the most veteran of Tigers. It could be even harder on a player like sophomore Kevin Hobbs, a walk-on for the Tigers who has earned considerable playing time at cornerback this season. Sharing time with Junior Rosegreen at the position, he has played well and will get his first chance to face LSU this Saturday. It's something he said that he's looking forward to despite all the warnings from teammates.
"Communication is important, especially for this game because I've heard it's real rough to play down there on the road," Hobbs says. "Any SEC game on the road is tough, especially with their crowd. We're going to have to get our preparations down as far as hand signals and those things because it's going to be rowdy down there.
"I've never been there and a lot of guys have been telling me what the atmosphere is down there and how rowdy it gets," Hobbs adds. "I'm just looking forward to playing the game."
Kevin Hobbs works against George Wilson in Auburn's win over Arkansas in Fayetteville.
Last week Hobbs played behind Rosegreen at corner with Carlos Rogers back on the field for the first time since breaking bones in his thumb. Rosegreen has played both safety and corner this year and could do both on Saturday. Hobbs says no matter what the rotation is everybody will have to be ready for a challenge from LSU's talented receiving corps.
"Those guys are really good, especially Michael Clayton," Hobbs said. "He's a real big physical receiver, but the other receivers like Skyler Green and Devery Henderson, all of them are good. They're a total package. Clayton is obviously good, but you have to stop the other ones also. We're going to have our hands full this week."
Just like in weeks past Auburn likely won't tip its hand on where Rosegreen will line up when the game kicks off. With the improvement Hobbs has shown this season it won't be surprising to see number four back at his familiar safety position. Either way Hobbs said it's not about one person, but everyone has a job this week and must to do it well for the Tigers to come home a winner.
"I really don't know what to expect this week," Hobbs says. "I know we're going to need all of us. We're going to need a little rotation because they do throw the ball and they run it also. We're going to need everybody for this game."