Mix Says LSU Defense Offers Major Challenge

Junior wide receiver Anthony Mix has respect for LSU's defense as he waits to see if the game will be played this weekend.

Auburn, Ala.--After growing up in Bay Minette, Ala., Hurricane Ivan won't be a new experience for junior receiver Anthony Mix.

Mix and his Auburn teammates are spending Wednesday and Thursday nights in downtown Auburn hotels with the coaching staff as Tommy Tuberville tries to keep his players safe from harm with Hurricane Ivan headed toward Auburn.

"During Hurricane Opal, a tree fell on the edge of our house, but that was all of the damage that we had," Mix says. "I was in the house, and we didn't even know until after the hurricane.

"Me and two of my friends were inside the house. After it had happened, we saw the neighbors through the front window and we were wondering what they were looking at. We thought it was a limb on top of the house, but they were looking at a tree on top of the house. It didn't do too much damage. It just took the corner of the house off."

Mix says that he and his teammates have been looking forward to the challenge of playing host the defending champions, and are hoping that the game will be played Saturday.

"(The hurricane) is not a distraction, but we've talked about it for the last few days," he says. "We don't want it to be canceled. It wouldn't be a letdown (if the game was moved to Nov. 6), but that would be a pretty tough schedule facing those SEC schools (LSU and Georgia) back to back. It won't be a letdown, but like I said, we're hoping that it doesn't get canceled."

Despite an impressive performance by Mix, the Auburn receivers had several drops in their 43-14 win against Mississippi State and say they are ready to redeem themselves against LSU. Mix notes that it will be a tough task though, as LSU has some of the best defensive backs in the country, and Coach Nick Saban's blitz packages won't make things any easier.

"What makes their defense so tough...they're good," he says. "You can tell that they're coached well and they blitz a lot. Their corners are pretty good and their linebackers are pretty good. That's where their strength is. Watching film this year and last year--the national championship team--their defense is pretty fast. They'll blitz a lot. They'll throw a lot of blitzes at you and you've got to be ready for whatever they throw at you.

"They'll play you press man because they've got good corners," he adds. "They'll force the timing off between you and the quarterback so that forces a sack or a turnover. This is definitely a week that we have to work on getting off the line, getting of the ball."

Mix makes a big target for the Auburn quarterbacks.

The 6-5, 245-pound junior receiver is coming off possibly the best game of his college career after catching three balls for 76 yards and two touchdowns against the Bulldogs, including an impressive 58-yard catch and run.

"I've been telling everybody I still have my speed," Mix says of his 58-yarder. "I don't think I was running that fast. It probably just looked like it. I can still run a little bit. I've put on a lot of weight since high school, and that was my first time in three years that I've actually had a chance to run with the ball after the catch."

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