Cadillac Cranks It Up To 70-Plus

Freshman Carnell Williams helps Auburn drive to victory.

Auburn, Ala.--For a second straight week, when the game was on the line, Auburn was handing the football to a freshman.

In the Tigers' 23-20 victory over Florida, a twisting and turning nine-yard run helped put Damon Duval in field goal range to enable the Tigers to win.

In Auburn's 48-41, when the game was on the line late in the fourth quarter and in overtime, AU was again putting the ball in the hands of Carnell "Cadillac" Williams.

"I don't know how many he ran for, but it had to be one of his better days," Coach Tommy Tuberville said. "He is getting better and better. I like the way he runs. He is hard to tackle. He doesn't come down with an arm tackle."

Carnell Willims on the run vs. Tech

Williams ran for 78 yards on 16 carries, up from the previous week's 25 yards on eight carries when he also caught one pass for 13 yards. On a sun-drenched homecoming Saturday vs. Louisiana Tech, Williams helped send the old grads home happy by adding a 10-yard reception, a touchdown run and six kickoff returns for 150 yards.

"Yes, it was my best game in college," the freshman said of the 48-41 overtime victory. "It was fun. I enjoy being put in to play in a pressure situation."

Williams had just 13 yards on nine carries in the opener vs. Ball State and did not play vs. Ole Miss due to an ankle injury. He had five carries for 39 yards vs. Syracuse and scored his first two college touchdowns from 51 yards out and one-yard out at Vanderbilt. He finished with 56 net yards on six carries that night in Nashville. He had 23 yards on 11 carries vs. Mississippi State, but had several tough runs.

"I feel like I have earned the respect of my coaches and my teammates," Williams says. "I came here with a lot of hype and my first few games didn't go to well, but I didn't let it get me down or pout or anything. Each week, I am going to come out and continue to practice hard and on game day what happens happens."

Tuberville said the coaches will study the video of the Tech game and check to see if Williams deserves more playing time. Cadillac says that would be nice, but his biggest concern is getting better as the Tigers return to SEC action at Arkansas this coming Saturday.

After winning four straight games in either the fourth quarter or overtime, Williams said, "I have never played in so many close games. It can make you nervous. I am ready for a blowout."

Tiger Ticket Extra: Tuberville said he was impressed with the Louisiana Tech offensive system. "They have got as good an offense as we will see all year," Tuberville said. "They are very sound. They know what they are doing. They have scored a lot of points in every game."...The Auburn coach said he was apprehensive about the momentum the Bulldogs took into overtime. "I was very worried," he said. "I was concerned, too, when we had to take the ball first. What a throw and a catch (Daniel Cobb to Lorenzo Diamond) on third and 10. That had to be the biggest play of the game. And then we decided once we got Carnell down to the four or five, we were going to draw them offsides. Those of you who have heard me talk about it, purple is a long-count, draw them offsides play. When they come offsides, snap the ball and throw the fade route. And, of course, Deandre (Green) made a super catch to basically win the ball game."...Tuberville has high praise for sophomore Green, who is finally able to play close to full speed after being slowed by several injuries. "There is no doubt that Deandre is a competitor and he wants the ball in tough situations."

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