A Big Part Of The Mix

Anthony Mix was on top of his game and played a huge part the Tigers' 43-14 SEC opening victory over Mississippi State.

Starkville, Miss.—After only gaining 235 yards receiving and catching one touchdown pass last season for the Tigers, Anthony Mix had a break-out day on Saturday as he caught three passes for 76 yards and two touchdowns to lead all receivers in a 43-14 Auburn win over the Mississippi State Bulldogs.

"It is my best day by far," Mix says about his career as a Tiger. "It feels great. Every receiver is looking for the chance to be able to make the big plays, and that feels good to be able to catch the ball and get up field and score."

Mix got off to a fast start as he pulled down an easy five-yard touchdown pass from Jason Campbell on second and goal during the Tigers' first drive of the day to give Auburn a 7-0 lead.

"We were out on the goal line and it was originally a run play and Jason checked out of, like he had been doing a good job checking out of plays," Mix explained about his first score. "He checked out of it and it was just a pitch and catch."

Wide receivers coach Greg Knox notes that Mix put together a great effort and really came through when it counted for the Tigers. "He had a good game," the coach says. "There ain't no doubt about that. He came to play. He was ready to play and when the opportunity presented itself he made the plays. He did a real good job."

On his second score of the day, the big receiver came up with a spectacular 58-yard run and catch after breaking away from a pile of State tacklers on an underneath route in traffic. "It was kind of a surprise because there was a lot of maroon around me, but they didn't make the tackle so I wasn't going to stop…keep fighting," Mix says of his effort on the play.

"I am not sure," he adds about how he managed to get out of the pile of tacklers. "I am not sure what happened. I just kept going."

Anthony Mix breaks away from a pile of Bulldog defenders on the way to his second touchdown of the day.

Knox says that Mix was able to break the routine play into a big one because he used great technique. "He kind of caught the ball, he was coming across and he kept his pad level down," he explains. "I think a couple of guys hit him and because he had decreased his tackling surface they kind of slid off of him and before you know it, it was one of those (Jeris) McIntyre deals. He kind of bounced out of there and he ended up in the end zone."

Mix notes that the offense's 43-point and 465-yard performance against Mississippi State showed some good signs that things are on the right track. "I think we executed the offense great," he says. "We had a lot of movement. We came out and listened—they had all of the cowbells and everything so we had to really listen in the huddle, and we came out and executed and moved a lot."

However, the receiver also notes that there is still plenty of work to do for the offense to get to where it needs to be for the rest of the season. "I am not necessarily going to say we are where we need to be because we always have room for improvement," Mix explains. "We didn't play a perfect game and we had a lot of busts. So, we have plenty of room for improvement."

The junior also notes that he and his teammates are well aware of the showdown with the LSU Tigers that is looming next Saturday. "We are ready for LSU—we will be next Saturday. We are not right now. We are kind of tired right now."

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