Ready And Waiting

Sophomore cornerback Kevin Hobbs talks about the LSU game and what this team has to do to prepare for the final four games of the season.

Auburn, Ala.--One of the missing ingredients to Auburn's defense in 2003 has been the solid secondary play of recent years by the Tigers. When senior Travaris Robinson graduated along with Roderick Hood, Horace Willis and Rashaud Walker, with them went a great deal of experience and talent, something Auburn has had a difficult time replacing this season.

Because of that secondary coach and defensive coordinator Gene Chizik decided to move Junior Rosegreen back to cornerback this season because of his size, experience and ability to play the position. The safety spots have suffered with T-Rob graduated and Rosegreen at cornerback. Now with walk-on Kevin Hobbs poised to take over a starting cornerback position and move Rosegreen back to safety things look like they could begin to turn around for the Auburn defense just in time. Hobbs said that he'll be waiting if called on to take over.

"I'm ready for it," Hobbs said. "I'm always ready for the opportunity. Whatever the team needs me to do I'm ready to do it. If that means moving to a full time role then I'm going to be ready. I'm going to prepare myself each day in practice to get better every week. I just have to step up to the plate. If they give me that opportunity I have to make plays."

Kevin Hobbs

Making plays is something that Hobbs has done this season when he's been in the game. Saturday night against LSU the sophomore played just over 20 plays and Coach Tommy Tuberville said he was very good in his limited action. Unfortunately his time came when the game had already been decided with LSU taking a quick 21 point lead. Hobbs said it was disappointing to come back home after playing the way Auburn did Saturday night.

"It was real tough," Hobbs said. "The thing about it is that we know LSU is not better than us by 24 points or whatever the deficit was. I'm just lost for words because we had been playing better the last couple of weeks. I don't know what to say. We came out and things just didn't go our way."

At times LSU had open receivers in the secondary and had no problems running the ball on Auburn inside or outside. For a unit that has been very impressive this season, Saturday night was hard to explain. Hobbs said that they were put in the position to make plays by the coaching staff and just didn't get the job done.

"We were prepared we just had guys missing gaps, missing tackles and missing assignments," Hobbs said. "I think the coaches had us prepared. It was a players game and we just didn't make the plays."

Similar to the Sunday following Auburn's opening day loss to USC, the attitude around the football complex was very down after the team watched film from Saturday night's loss. While that led to a repeat performance against Georgia Tech the next week because of thinking too much about the past, Hobbs said he doesn't believe that will be a problem this week and in the weeks to come.

"We just have to go out each day in practice and get better," Hobbs said. "Whatever we did Saturday we just have to put it behind us because it's over. What's done is done. We have to press on and put that one behind us as quickly as possible and this week at practice we have to act like it's a clean slate. These last four games are going to mean a lot, starting with this one this week."


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