Serious About A Happy Homecoming

Baton Rouge native Reggie Torbor says his return home this weekend is serious business as the Tigers try to win a spot in the SEC Championship Game.

Auburn, Ala.--When Reggie Torbor arrived home for the Thanksgiving holiday, his childhood home and mother's car were covered in Auburn's school colors and an AU flag was hanging from the front porch. Not an unusual sight unless you consider that his childhood home is just a few miles away from LSU's Tiger Stadium.

But Carlistia Torbor is a proud mother and a brave woman considering the blue and orange at her house don't blend in too well with a town smothered in gold and purple. Her courage will take on new levels this week as she will have to listen to her co-workers rant and rave about how hot LSU is heading into its SEC Western Division clash with her son's Auburn team that is sputtering after a demoralizing 31-7 loss to Alabama. And Torbor contends that won't even stop her from wearing plenty of orange and blue this week to the local software company where she works. However, the mood at Torbor's house was different for the holiday.

Reggie Torbor (82) at practice.

For a few days while her son was in town, little football was discussed. The six-foot-three defensive end says he didn't talk much with friends and family about the possibilities of this year's Auburn-LSU game deciding which team goes to Atlanta and it being his first time to play in Tiger Stadium since his days as a standout running back for Baton Rouge's Lee High School.

It was partly because he headed back to Auburn shortly after LSU stayed alive in the divisional race as it outscored Arkansas 41-38 and partly because he, like most of his Auburn teammates, wanted to escape from football after what had transpired at Jordan-Hare Stadium the week before.

Reggie Torbor

"That was probably the worst loss I have ever suffered playing football and I'm not even from Alabama, but it hurt so bad to see the seniors and other players from Alabama hurt because we are so close," Torbor says. "I had never lost in Jordan-Hare since I started playing and the week gave us time to get our minds off of it. Now we are back and ready to take care of business."

And that mentality is why Torbor warned his friends and family that they would see a different person when he returns to Baton Rouge this Saturday for a 6:45 p.m. game that will be televised nationally by ESPN. "I told them I'd be a whole new person," Torbor says. "I was relaxed this past week, but this week it's a business trip. We know we either win this game and go to Atlanta or watch LSU on TV, so there are no two ways around it. It's either one way or the other. We just have to take care of business."

There are plenty of reasons that could make Torbor want to take care of business more than any of his other teammates, but he says he won't allow the extra emotions to take over. "Sometimes you try too hard and make mistakes," he adds. "So we're going down there to try bring our championship back home, that's all."

Reggie Torbor hopes to pressure LSU's QB Rohan Davey on Saturday night.

And if the Tigers can take care of business in Baton Rouge on Saturday it will help ease the pain from a painful loss to Alabama, secure back-to-back Western division titles for the Tigers and for an added bonus make Carlistia Torbor's week at work a lot easier.


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