Tuberville Says Tigers Getting Better

Auburn Coach Tommy Tuberville talks about his team's performance against LSU and some things the Tigers have to work on to improve.

Auburn, Ala.–-The mood surrounding the ninth-ranked Auburn Tigers on Sunday was a jovial one, and that's to be expected following Saturday's dramatic 10-9 victory over then number five LSU. Coach Tommy Tuberville said that after watching the video of the game he was impressed by the effort his team gave on both sides of the ball.

"We made a lot of mistakes as the game went along, but our guys played tremendously hard on both sides, offense, defense and special teams," Tuberville said. "We just kept playing hard and trying to make things happen and it finally worked out for us. LSU has got a good football team.

"I think we're getting better. As I just told the team, we've got a lot of room for improvement and we'll start working on that today. We've got to work on the little things. If we keep this effort and the attitude we've got I think we can win some more games."

Sophomore wide receiver Courtney Taylor earned the offensive player of the week after catching five passes for 71 yards, including the game-winner from Jason Campbell with just 1:14 remaining. Senior Junior Rosegreen earned the defensive player of the week honors with a seven tackle performance and an interception that sealed the victory. Cornerback Carlos Rogers and holder Sam Rives shared the special teams award.

"We had some great effort from a lot of individuals," Tuberville said. "Carlos Rogers played one of his better games since he's been here. He played 67 plays on defense and almost every play on special teams and was all over the field. Really his attitude carried over to the rest of the secondary."

Following a very physical game with LSU on Saturday, several Tigers sat out of Sunday's practice with minor bumps and bruises. Quarterback Jason Campbell sprained the big toe on his right foot, but should be back practicing on Tuesday. Tuberville said that Campbell's performance on Saturday was one for the ages, not necessarily because of his play, but because of his toughness.

Tim Duckworth played defense for the Tigers last season.

"I think that Jason Campbell, with his toughness and attitude (really stood out)," Tuberville said. "He didn't play the perfect game, but he did one thing and that was not to turn the ball over. Obviously he made two big plays at the end, but he made a lot more than that."

Running back Ronnie Brown tweaked his hamstring late in the game and practiced half of Sunday's workout before heading to the training room for treatment. He said that it was just a little sore, but nothing serious.

Offensive guard Tim Duckworth continues to be bothered by a sore knee and Sunday Tuberville said that he would have the knee scoped on Monday to see how it responds. The surgery shouldn't keep him out of action but a few days and he should be back in time for the Tennessee game in two weeks. Senior Rich Trucks will work as the second team right guard until Duckworth's return.

On the defensive side of the ball both Mayo Sowell and Marquies Gunn were held out of Saturday's game and neither practiced on Sunday. Sowell got poked in the eye last week and the doctors decided he needed to wait before returning to action. He watched Sunday's practice in shorts and wearing sunglasses. Gunn's sprained knee is coming along, but he just ran on the side Sunday and should be back for Saturday's contest against The Citadel.

As expected the Tigers spent a great deal of time on snaps from redshirt freshman Pete Compton during Sunday's practice that lasted just over an hour. Working on becoming more consistent after two bad snaps nearly cost Auburn a chance at victory in regulatation, Compton's job will be evaluated this week with several players trying to impress Coach Eddie Gran and Tuberville enough to get a shot.

Auburn will take Monday off before returning to practice on Tuesday in preparation for Saturday's 1:30 p.m. kickoff against The Citadel. The Bulldogs enter 0-1 after losing 28-14 to Appalachian State on Saturday.


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