Tigers Look Ahead To Alabama

Auburn, Ala.--Coming off a big road win over the Georgia Bulldogs Saturday in Sanford Stadium, the Auburn Tigers practiced for an hour and a half on Sunday following a 24-17 victory.

Behind the running of Carnell Williams and a defense that bent several times but held when it needed to, the Tigers were able to win for the ninth time in 10 tries in Athens. Offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone noted following Sunday's practice that his team got off to a rough start but in the end, Auburn's offensive game plan overcame a tough Georgia team.

"I thought their defense really played well and their front took us by surprise in the first half," he said. "I know they've given up a few yards but they haven't been a team that has given up a lot of points…I thought we really did a good job of run blocking. The offensive line did a nice job. We had three tight ends that played a total of 157 snaps. That has to be some kind of record, but that was kind of our plan going into it. We felt going into it that we had to keep their offense off the field and maintain possession."

Physically the Tigers came out of the game fairly healthy as only sophomore right tackle Mark Pera is listed as questionable for Saturday's showdown with Alabama after he sprained his right ankle early in the first half. His status will be re-evaluated later in the week. Others missing practice with the normal bumps and bruises were tight ends Robert Johnson and Jay Ratliff, defensive tackle Demarco McNeil and defensive back Travaris Robinson. Robinson played early against the Bulldogs before he was forced to call it a day because of a blow to the head and a fever. With the exception of Pera, all should return to practice by mid-week.

The coaches announced their choices for players of the week and on offense it came as no surprise that Williams received the honor following his 238-yard total offense performance Saturday. Defensively, whip Karlos Dansby got the nod while senior defensive end Alton Moore earned the special teams player of the week for blocking two Bulldog field goal attempts. "I'm really proud for him," coach Tommy Tuberville noted about the play of Moore. "He's worked hard this year and actually played one of his best games defensively."

As expected, the practice was different than a normal Sunday on the practice fields. With Alabama coming to town this Saturday, the intensity level stepped up a notch even from last week's tough work days. Offensively, the Tigers concentrated on the passing game and continuing to improve that aspect of the attack. Defensively, Auburn continued its work from previous weeks as the Tigers practiced against the expected Alabama option attack for much of the day.

The Tigers will have their normal day off from practice on Monday before returning Tuesday to continue preparations for Alabama. Kickoff for Saturday's game is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. CST and can be seen nationally on CBS.


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