Ingle Enjoys First Start

Senior Jeremy Ingle talks about his first career start and the performance of the offensive line.

Auburn, Ala.–-With the possible exception of defensive end Stanley McClover, perhaps no Auburn player was as excited about Saturday's season opener against Louisiana-Monroe than center Jeremy Ingle. A former walk-on defensive lineman, Ingle has worked hard to get into the rotation on the offensive line and earned his first career start against the Indians. The Montgomery native said that it was everything he thought it would be and the wait was definitely worth it in the long run.

"It was cool man," Ingle said. "It has been a long time coming for me. It was everything I thought it would be. I had played before, but I had never been out there with 80,000 fans. Every time I had gotten in the game in the past there were about 30,000 fans in the stands. Getting out there with everyone hyped, I was real excited. After the first couple of plays I got in a groove."

Jeremy Ingle snaps to Jason Campbell in his first career start.

Despite his excitement, Ingle wasn't happy with everything aspect of the game. Expected to be a strength of the 2004 team, the offensive line wasn't impressive against what should have been a weak defensive line from Monroe. Rushing for just 186 yards on the day, with Carnell Williams getting just 103 yards on 23 carries. Ingle said that he knows the blocking must get better beginning this week against Mississippi State if Auburn hopes to be a contender in the SEC.

"It was really frustrating," Ingle said. "There were times when you would have a good block and turn around for a three yard gain. We wanted to get Carnell more yardage. We knew this was a good opportunity for him to get 200 yards or something like that, but things didn't turn out the way we wanted them to. They were slanting and doing some things we hadn't seen before, but we corrected them. We could have played a lot better, but it was good for us because we get this over with and go into a SEC game next week ready to play."

A factor in the play of the line was the substituting pattern employed by Coach Hugh Nall. Wanting to get as many of his back-ups into the game as possible, Nall sent in wave after wave of new linemen on seemingly every drive. While it was good for the future of the program, Ingle said the constant changing affected the line's play to an extent.

"It's tougher when you're not used to the person playing next to you sometimes," Ingle said. "You really don't gel with them sometimes, but we've played with each other off and on for the last three weeks. We've played next to each other. It's important to get the guys some experience because you never know when someone is going to go down and you're going to need somebody to step up and play."

Ingle and his teammates begin preparations on Monday for the Bulldogs with a sense of urgency after an average day against Louisiana-Monroe. Knowing that the offense depends on good play from the five guys up front, Ingle said that working hard to get better is what the Tigers are focused on after week one.

"I think we could have played a lot better," Ingle said. "You're going to have certain mistakes in the first game. We knew that going in, but everybody wants to play perfect. Those guys played real hard over there. We had our good plays and bad plays. We're just going to go out next week and get better."

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