Looking To Make The Right Calls Vs. LSU

Senior quarterback Jason Campbell discusses his role in the 2004 Auburn offense.

Auburn, Ala.--On the stat sheet, quarterback Jason Campbell accounted for only 129 yards in Auburn's 43-14 win against Mississippi State. But time after time he changed the play at the line and led the offense to 465 yards on the day.

"When you audible, you want to run to the strength," the fifth-year senior says. "I feel like Saturday, with the different looks they were giving us, sometimes we'd have pass plays called, and there were certain situations where I didn't think I'd be able to get the ball off so I had to change to the run and get us into the right play.

"Sometimes Coach (Al Borges) calls a play that lines us up on the ball and gives me the freedom to put us in the right play depending on what defense they give us," he adds. "They feel comfortable with me calling the plays. We've had a strong running game for years, and I've been doing a lot of ‘audibling' to the run for the last four years."

Jason Campbell has thrown five TDs this season.

Virtually of the calls that Campbell made Saturday against the Bulldogs were effective as Ronnie Brown and Carnell Williams topped 100 yards in the same game for the first time in their careers. Borges says that he was very pleased with how Campbell found the soft spots in the MSU defense.

"I think they wear down as far as taking a pounding from them," Campbell says of the senior running backs. "You bring in two vets of their caliber at different times, it can definitely wear a defense down. I think that's one thing that happened to State Saturday, especially with it that hot. With those two guys coming at you play after play, it's tough on a defense."

Backup quarterback Brandon Cox has shown an accurate arm through his first two collegiate games, but is still learning to read the opposing defenses and make the right check off.

"I don't think he's to that point yet," Campbell says of the redshirt freshman. "He's still learning defenses and asking a lot of questions. It's my job, being a senior, to teach him as much as possible. We go to the film room and Coach (Borges) will ask Brandon, ‘Do you see this and do you know why he checked to this?' He's coming along, but he's still learning a lot about the defense."

With LSU coming to Jordan-Hare Saturday, Campbell says he and his teammates were looking forward to the national spotlight with the CBS national telecast and ESPN Gameday. ESPN announced Monday that Gameday would not be coming to Auburn because of the projected path of Hurricane Ivan, but Campbell says he still has plenty of motivation.

"Last year was terrible, the way we went down there and got beat," he says of the 31-7 loss in Baton Rouge. "They took it to us. They came out real hot and took it to us last year. We know what kind of game this is. We know it's a new year, new game, two different teams, and it's going to be a big game.

"The last two years it's been the same score in the opposite direction," Campbell adds. "This year I think it's going to be a real battle, down to the wire."


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