Rashaud Walker Named SEC Defensive P.O.W.

Auburn, Ala.-- Auburn rover <b>Rashaud Walker</b> had perhaps the best game of his career in the Tigers' upset victory over Florida and the Southeastern Conference rewarded him for his efforts.

The five-foot-nine, 206-pound junior has been named the league's Defensive Player of the Week after recording seven solo tackles and one sack vs. the Gators.

Walker's third down sack of quarterback Rex Grossman knocked the Gators out of field goal range and forced them to punt after they had moved the ball down to the AU 36.

"It was very important," Walker said of being physical vs. the Gators on Saturday night. "Look back at the last two (games vs. Florida last year). We didn't tackle, we busted coverages, which were mistakes that led to big plays for them. We tackled well (Saturday) and we knew where to line up, we knew our assignments. When we did miss a tackle, we got them on the ground right away. That's one thing we did very well. It's just a big victory. If we keep believing in ourselves and have faith, we'll go a long way."

The Tigers' held Florida to minus 36 yards rushing and held the Gators to 28 points under their season average in the 23-20 contest. Walker's award is the second for a Tiger this season. Sophomore Dontarrious Thomas received the same award following Auburn's 24-21 victory over Vanderbilt. Thomas suffered a knee sprain in the second half and his status for the next game is questionable.

The Tigers will play Louisiana Tech this Saturday for their homecoming game. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. and can be seen in the state of Alabama on a pay-per-view basis.

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