This Tiger Hopes Santa Makes An Early Visit To AU

An Auburn defensive player wants to open some Christmas presents very early this year.

Auburn, Ala.--If Karlos Dansby gets his wish, then Santa Claus is going to be in attendance at the Auburn-Florida game Saturday night in Jordan-Hare Stadium.

It is more than two months before Christmas, but the Tigers will likely need all the help they can get as they try to slow down the vaunted Florida offensive attack which is averaging 48.8 points a game and nearly 600 yards of total offense.

"This is a defensive back's Christmas," Dansby says. "There are a lot of presents out there being thrown up, so if Santa Claus is in town, then I might get a couple."

Karlos Dansby is an imposing figure in the AU Secondary standing six-foot-four.

With the way Gator quarterback Rex Grossman is playing, it is doubtful that even a little assistance from Jolly old Saint Nick will be enough to help the Tigers pull off the upset against the hottest team in college football. The junior is 109-163 for 1,865 yards and 20 touchdown passes. He is also quite Scrooge-like about giving away presents (or interceptions as most of us know them), having only tossed only three on the season.

"They have been putting up a lot of points and the offense has been rolling up a lot of yards," Dansby says. "We just have to stay focused and try to mess up their timing."

Timing is an integral part of the Gator offense and Dansby says the Tigers are going to have to be physical with the Florida wide receivers in order to mess up their schemes. "I don't think they've really played a physical team yet to tell you the truth," Dansby adds. "They've been running a lot of timing routes and haven't been getting hit that often so if we start hitting them and getting in their heads a little bit, I believe we can throw them off balance."

Dansby has 15 tackles, three for a loss, half of a sack and one interception in just two starts.

The physical style of play which Dansby wants to utitlize may be one that he wants Santa to turn his back to, if indeed he does show up. And if Auburn's starting whip linebacker is thinking ahead, he might send some footage o the North Pole of how mean Grossman has been to opposing teams so Santa can put him on the bad boy list.

Dansby can't be too let down if he doesn't get his wish because if Santa has seen any highlights of how the AU sophomore has played in first two career-starts, then the Tigers might be on their own for Saturday night's game and Santa will be watching the game with the rest of the television audience on ESPN. Kickoff for the game is set for 6:45 p.m.

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