Big Tiger Turning His Attention To SEC Opener

Marcus McNeill and the Tigers are preparing for a road trip to Mississippi State.

Auburn, Ala.--Marcus McNeill calls Auburn's opening day football victory over Louisiana-Monroe "a good learning game."

The junior tackle, who is one of 15 offensive linemen who saw game action vs. the Indians, says that with the conference opener next on the schedule the intensity level will be rising.

"It was okay for our first game running a new offense, but we can do better and we will have to do better when we get into SEC play," McNeill says.

Marcus McNeill is in his third season as a starting tackle.

Game two is an 11:30 a.m. contest at Starkville vs. a Mississippi State team that took a 28-7 victory over Tulane in its opener. Earlier in the day, Auburn defeated Louisiana-Monroe 31-0.

"We were kind of soft on the offensive line," McNeill says. "It is kind of hard getting up for a team like Louisiana-Monroe, but you have to do it because you don't want to mess around and they jump up and start beating on you.

"It was a good learning game," McNeill adds. "We haven't hit on anybody but ourselves since last year. It was a good game to get all the kinks out and get the offense running."

Offensive line coach Hugh Nall began heavy substitutions with his group starting on the third series of the opener. Look for him to stick with the starters most, if not all of the time, when the Tigers travel to Starkville.

"We have to got to go into Mississippi State and it is going to be a physical, hard-fought game," McNeill says. "We are going to look at our mistakes on film and prepare for Mississippi State. We are really looking forward to the game."

Other linemen who saw action for the Tigers in the opener include starters Jeremy Ingle, Danny Lindsey, Troy Reddick and Ben Grubbs along with reserves Tim Duckworth, Jonathan Palmer, Leon Hart, Steven Ross, King Dunlap, Joe Cope, Pete Compton, Will Ward, Rhett Autrey and Rich Trucks.

For Ingle, it was his first collegiate start after playing in just five games last year. For Reddick, who played guard last year for the Tigers, it was his first Auburn start as a tackle. Danny Lindsey, who started at center last year, started at guard vs. the Indians, a position he played two seasons ago.


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