Time Off A Good Idea, Sophomore Says

Auburn, Ala.--<b>Karlos Dansby</b> is not a happy football player after participating in a 31-7 loss in his first Auburn vs. Alabama football game. Despite his disgust, Dansby says he and his teammates need to get over it and find a way to bounce back. <p>

The sophomore says he is going to take advantage of a Thanksgiving break to recharge his batteries and come back strong when the Tigers return to practice on Saturday to begin preparations for LSU. The whip from Birmingham says it is tough to lose a game like that to the in-state rival, but says he is coping with it. "I have got a lot people at home who are pulling for me," he says. "I still bleed orange and blue and they still bleed orange and blue. It will be OK."

Dansby admits that he was surprised that the coaching staff told the players they would have five days off following Sunday's practice to join other students who have the week off with no classes at Auburn the entire week.

"I think the decision to take some time off is a good one," Dansby says. "It is a chance for us to get away from the campus atmosphere, get our mind right and find out what we really want to do. Do you really want it? If you really want it, you will come back Saturday ready to practice."

Dansby and his defensive teammates watched the game film of the embarrassing loss to Bama before leaving town. He says it wasn't a pretty sight. "We didn't play together as a team," he notes. "We need to correct our mistakes and if we do that we can come back strong on defense."

Karlos Dansby is known as a big hitter by his teammates and coaches.

After injuring a knee in preseason, Dansby saw limited action in the first three games but broke into the starting lineup in game four. Since then, he had made 44 of his 48 tackles and has four interceptions and eight tackles for losses. "Each game I play, the more confident I become," Dansby says.

Normally, the Alabama game marks the end of the regular season. However, this season the 7-3 Tigers will travel to Baton Rouge a week from Saturday (6:45 p.m. CST, ESPN) to close the regular season to play a game postponed on Sept. 15th, four days after the terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C. A win in that game will set up a second straight trip to the SEC Championship Game and will likely mean a more prestigious bowl trip in December.

"We have a great opportunity to play in a big game at LSU," Dansby says. "It is for all the marbles. It is the last one. We have to make it count and leave everything on the field."

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