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Carnell Williams talks about getting ready for Georgia and Alabama and his future on the Plains.

Auburn, Ala.--Carnell Williams has done just about everything imaginable on football fields since his arrival at Auburn three years ago.

The leading active touchdown scorer in the SEC during the last three seasons with 29, Williams has been at the top of his game despite missing nine games because of injury. With 990 yards rushing this season he is on the verge of eclipsing the 1,000-yard barrier for the first time in his college career. That would be yet another milestone out of the way for the Atalla native, but one thing would remain. That is an SEC Championship.

To get that Williams will have to return for his senior season because Saturday's loss to Ole Miss eliminated Auburn from the race for Atlanta, something few thought could happen with two games to play heading into this season. With the credentials that NFL teams look for in a back and the desire to be the best, there is little doubt that Williams could jump to the professional ranks after this season and have a chance to make a splash. That's not in the cards though, according to Williams.

"That question has been thrown up a lot and people have been hounding me," Williams said. "There's no doubt that I'm coming back. I have no intention of leaving school."

Much of the reason for coming back is to make it to Atlanta and win the SEC Championship. That is the goal for every team in the league and Auburn was no different this season, but now the goal is to try to salvage a season with victories in the last two games against Georgia and Alabama.

"I think it's very important," Williams said. "For one we want to go out and do it for these seniors. We want to get a good bowl game for them and get to eight or nine wins. It's going to carry over to the spring and next season.

"That would be going out with a bang," Williams added. "Especially for these seniors. For us to go out and beat two quality opponents like that, for them to be our rivals in Georgia and Alabama, we're looking forward to these next two weeks. We're still going to go out there and play with fire."

Carnell Williams runs for 29 of his 103 yards against Ole Miss Saturday with the help of a Silas Daniels block downfield. It was the 10th 100-yard game in his career at Auburn. Bo Jackson leads the list with 21 in his career on the Plains.

Auburn will have to rebound from one of the most disappointing losses in recent history. With several chances to win the game or put the game out of reach, the offense just couldn't get the job done. Despite the sorrow of the loss, Williams said there is absolutely no way that an Auburn player can't be ready for these last two games.

"If you can't get up for these two games and go out and play hard then you're in the wrong business," Williams said. "I feel like you shouldn't even be playing football. This is what it's about, Georgia and Bama. They are the two biggest rivals that we have. Even though our season has gone south we've still got some things to play for."

Williams is no stranger to playing Georgia with a lot on the line. Two years ago he carried the Tigers on his back in a stirring victory between the hedges. Carrying the ball 41 times for 167 yards and two touchdowns, he forever etched his name into the history of one of the greatest rivalries in all of college sports.

"I just remember that day carrying the ball a lot," Williams said. "I was pretty worn out and going into the game, it was my first career start. I wasn't expecting to carry the ball that many times. It was an exciting game."

Now the Tigers have a chance to keep history on their side this week with a victory in Athens. Five straight times Auburn has gone into Sanford Stadium and come away with a win. If that happens Williams said it doesn't matter about the circumstances or statistics. Winning is the only thing that matters.

"I would carry it 10 times if we win," Williams said. "I'm fine with that."


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