Auburn Winding Down Preparations For Dawgs

Auburn, Ala.--The Auburn Tigers continued a solid week of practice for the Georgia Bulldogs with a spirited two-hour session Wednesday afternoon.

Following an off-week after losing at Arkansas, head coach Tommy Tuberville says that you can tell this rivalry game is beginning to hit home with his team, especially the seniors. While Georgia will present his team with many problems on both sides of the ball, he says that his players just need to worry about themselves.

"You can tell we had a week off," he notes. "We've still got a lot of spring in our legs and guys running around trying to get better and I think it has been real good for us. They are excited about playing this week again and as we've talked about all week, we're not worried about winning or losing. We're worried about playing and playing better. I think we worried about that other thing too much instead of going out and taking care of business."

Taking care of business is just what the Auburn offense hopes to do to a banged-up Bulldog defense. With the play of quarterbacks Daniel Cobb and Jason Campbell directly in the cross-hairs of the head coach and offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone, Tuberville says that Cobb is the solid starter but he's not going to wait to make a move if things go bad like they have in each of the last two games.

"We had two-minute drill and worked on our no-huddle and with both of them and there's not a lot of difference," Tuberville notes. "I hope that Daniel does good, but I wouldn't be hesitant about putting Jason in the game. He's ready to go."

Defensively, the Tigers continue to get healthy as linebacker Mark Brown looks to be closer to full strength than he's been in several months. The same is true for his running mate, Tavarreus Pounds, and both bring something to the table that Tuberville says has been missing from the defense in recent weeks.

"Mark has done a lot better," he notes. "He's almost gotten all of his strength back, he's getting back to his old form. It was a definite drop-off when Mark wasn't playing, not just his ability but his leadership. He's one of the guys that's been there before and when we lost Mark Brown and Tavarreus Pounds that took all of our experience out. Dontarrious (Thomas) had played some, and has got a lot of ability, but unless you've been the lead dog it's hard to be the lead dog and lead a bunch of young guys around."

On the injury front, defensive tackle Marcus White missed Wednesday's practice as he continues to be bothered by a stiff neck suffered in Sunday's practice. He should be ready for Saturday's game but his absence has allowed junior college transfer Dante Booker to get more work in and he seems to have responded well. Blowing through the offensive line for much of today's pass rushing session, Booker will be a real threat to receive more playing time this weekend against Georgia along with Georgia native Dexter Murphy Also missing the workout was cornerback Horace Willis, who turned an ankle on Tuesday. He's questionable for Saturday's game.

The Tigers will have one final practice Thursday afternoon before traveling to Athens Friday afternoon for a light walk-through inside Sanford Stadium. Kickoff for Saturday's game is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Central time and can be seen nationally on CBS.

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