Tiger Who Wants A Title

This key Auburn player wants to return to the SEC Football Championship Game.

Auburn, Ala.--Sophomore wide receiver Deandre Green says Saturday's game at Baton Rouge is a big one and he is expecting his Tigers to bounce back from a homefield loss to Alabama with a strong effort vs. LSU.

While Auburn has clinched a share of the SEC West title, the Tigers will be watching the league championship game on CBS a week later if they lose to LSU because the Bayou Bengals will tie for the divisional title and go to the title game with head to head competition being the first tie-breaker.

Deandre Green says he wants the ball in his hands vs. LSU.

"Everybody is working real hard so we can get to the (SEC) championship game," Green says. "We will be ready to play on Saturday."

The sophomore has overcome back spasms and a variety of nagging injuries to become the team's second leading receiver with 29 catches for 304 yards and two touchdowns. However, those are not the kind of numbers Green is capable of producing and he is hoping for a big finish to regular season on Saturday night at Tiger Stadium.

"We are probably going to throw the ball a lot this week and open it up a bit," Green notes. "I think we are going to throw it more than run it."

The Tigers have opened their preparations for LSU with intense, contact workouts that have looked like spring training sessions. Green has noticed the pace of the practices has been stepped up since returning to campus after a Thanksgiving break. "The last couple of days, the intensity level has been very high from the defense and the offense has kind of picked it up," he says.

The 6-1, 225-pound receiver says he and his teammates have studied a lot of video of their next opponent. "LSU is a team that is good, but it can be beat," Green says. "It will be my first time playing down there so it will be a great experience for me. We are going to play110 percent the whole game because we know they are going to bring their ‘A' game."

Deandre Green is finally healthy after suffering through injuries earlier this season.

Tiger Ticket Extra: Green says he is putting the Bama game out of site and out of mind to get ready for LSU. "It's over with I don't want to hear about it," the sophomore says. "We are working on something else now." He says that he didn't catch too much grief about the game when he returned home to Prichard for the Thanksgiving holiday. "There are a lot of people who root for Alabama there but there a lot of people who root for Auburn, too," he says. "It was one of those game that everything went their way."

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