Torbor, Seniors Looking For Strong Finish

Auburn senior Reggie Torbor talks about finishing the year against Georgia and Alabama and his time on the Plains.

Auburn, Ala.--When the Auburn Tigers take the field against Georgia Saturday in Athens it will be another in a last for this senior class that has done much for the program since they arrived on campus. One of the most important and personable players in the group is defensive end Reggie Torbor.

Leading the team in sacks this season with five and with 14 in his career, Torbor knows the guys up front defensively will be called on to set the tone in this class's last road game.

Reggie Torbor

"I'm pretty sure we have a chance to do some things," Torbor says. "If we get pressure on him (David Greene) that will play a big part with our secondary being so young. They have a real good defense so we're going to have to keep them from scoring so many and our offense won't have to get in a shootout with them. It's going to be tough to score 25-28 points on their defense. We have to take it upon ourselves to take the game over up front."

Getting a victory over Georgia and Alabama wouldn't pacify the hurt that Torbor and his teammates feel about the missed opportunity they had this season to make a run at a championship. Inconsistent play on both sides of the ball has cost the Tigers dearly this year, but Torbor says that a victory over both of the biggest rivals Auburn has would make up for a whole lot of the disappointment felt this season.

"We want to go out on a good note," Torbor says. "We want our memories to be good ones, not we could have won it. We want to leave a good lasting impression on each other, so to speak."

A running back when he arrived on the Auburn campus, Torbor has been a cornerstone at defensive end since he moved to the position early in his freshman season. Now on the cusp of a likely shot at playing professional football, the 6-3, 246-pounder has accomplished more than most on the collegiate level. A graduate student who taught introductory classes at Auburn last summer, Torbor has put a stamp on his time at Auburn that many will remember with his honest caring and pride in being an Auburn Tiger.

Reggie Torbor's collegiate career is nearly finished.

A group held together by a strong bond of friendship forged over hard times and good times, the 2003 senior class is perhaps the closest group to come through Auburn in quite some time. The group consisting of Torbor, DeMarco McNeil, Spencer Johnson, Dexter Murphy, Karlos Dansby, Dontarrious Thomas, Roshard Gilyard, Monreko Crittenden, Mark Pera, Jeris McIntyre, Brandon Johnson, Justin Fetsko and Jeremy Wells have persevered through the good times and the bad. Torbor says that he'll take away more than just football experiences when he leaves Auburn, he'll take away lifelong friendships and memories.

"From the outside looking in there is no way I can explain, especially our seniors and how close we are," Torbor says. "There's nothing I can say to make you understand. We've been through so much. We've been through all the criticism. We've been through the good, the bad, we've laughed together and we've cried together. We know things about each other that nobody else will ever know. It's more than just the football."

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