Cobb Likely Earns Starting Bid

Auburn, Ala.--Following what coach <b>Tommy Tuberville</b> called one of the biggest wins in Auburn history Saturday night when his Tigers defeated the top-ranked Florida Gators 23-20, the head man said the Tigers will probably stay with the hot hand at quarterback when they take the field this weekend.

One of the surprises of the game came with the play of senior quarterback Daniel Cobb. Coming in when freshman starter Jason Campbell couldn't move the team early in the first half, Cobb made the most of his opportunity by leading to the Tigers to the win and now appears to have earned the right to start this Saturday's game against Louisiana Tech.

"I thought Daniel came in and really did a good job and made some good decisions for us," offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone said Sunday afternoon. "He kind of got some tempo going for us finally as an offense. We've still got to address all the foolish penalties. I thought we did alright with the turnovers except right down there at the goal line. But the delay of games, the motion shifts and things like that, we've got to do a better job with because those are drive killers."

With his performance against Florida, Cobb will work with the first team this week in practice as he prepares for his chance to start at quarterback in an Auburn uniform. Mazzone noted that Campbell will work with the second unit along with Jeff Klein and he said he expects the freshman to have one of his better practice weeks of the year because of his competitive nature.

Along those same lines though, he noted that this isn't the case of a two-quarterback system. He said if they had to make a change in the coming weeks or even this week and go back to Campbell they would. "That's a position, not a person," Mazzone said of being a quarterback. "We just want to be productive at that position."

Defensively Rover Rashaud Walker was named the player of the game by the coaches after totaling seven tackles with one pass broken up. Linebackers Mayo Sowell and Phillip Pate also had solid games in their first serious action of the year with 10 and three tackles respectively and an interception each. Tuberville also pointed out that defensive tackle Marcus White had one of his better games in his career Saturday night.

On the injury front several players remain banged-up as Dontarrious Thomas missed the Sunday practice with a sprained knee and is listed as questionable for Saturday's homecoming contest. Also bothered by a slightly pulled groin is fullback/linebacker Brandon Johnson. Tuberville said he should be okay for this weekend but is still day-to-day as of now.

Some good news is expected at the position anyway as linebackers Tavarreus Pounds and Mark Brown should both be back this week as should tight end Robert Johnson, who played just five plays Saturday night against Florida before determining his ankle was bothering him too much. Defensive tackle Demarco McNeil continues to be hampered by a knee problem but should be ready for Saturday. The same is true of cornerback Travaris Robinson, who missed the Florida game with a sprained knee but should be ready when the high-scoring Bulldogs from Louisiana come to town.

Kickoff for the game is scheduled for 1 p.m. and can be seen on Pay-Per-View television only. Dish Network subscribers can tune to channel 455 to order. Residential C-Band customers must call 1-800-TV-STARS while Commercial dish owners must call 1-888-TV-STARS.


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