Tuberville Says Tigers Not Overlooking The Citadel

Comments from Auburn's head football coach are featured.

Auburn, Ala.--Coming off a big win against LSU and a and another big game against Tennessee coming up a week from Saturday, Auburn head football coach Tommy Tuberville is trying to keep his players focused on this week's opponent, The Citadel.

"The thing that this team has done pretty well over the years is focus whether we've won or lost," Tuberville said at his weekly press conference. "That's a tough job for me as a head coach. That's what we try to do. We try to get our guys to understand that we've got to forget about last week's game.

"I told them Sunday afternoon, the last time I saw them after practice before we let them off for a day, is that they'll get a lot of hand shakes and pats on the back. That always happens when you win a game like this. It doesn't mean a lot if you don't respond the next week, so forget about it and go on.

"Those slaps will be a lot harder next Monday when you go out and don't play well this week," he added. "We've got a pretty experienced team in a lot of areas. These seniors are real good. We talked Sunday about the little things and how much better we've got to get and how much better we can get if we do concentrate and strive to push forward and don't look back, and don't look behind you."

Kickoff for Saturday's game between Auburn and The Citadel is set for 1:30 p.m. The Division I-AA Bulldogs enter the contest at 0-1, losing their Southern Conference opener 28-14 last Saturday to Appalachian State. Auburn is 3-0 overall and 2-0 in league play as it prepares for its first ever football game vs. the Bulldogs.

"You don't overlook anybody," Tuberville said. "I know this is a I-AA team. Over the years they've played very well. They're well coached. We've watched them on film. They don't have a lot of injuries because they haven't played but one game and so I'm sure they'll be fired up coming in and playing us so we're going to have to respond to last week's big victory. Good teams do respond, they come back the next week and play with a lot of emotion and I'm sure we'll do that this week."

Tommy Tuberville watches redshirt freshman quarterback Brandon Cox in practice. Cox is expected to see significant playing time if the heavily favored Tigers build a big lead on the Bulldogs.

Tuberville said that the Tigers plan on getting physical this week at practice and will try to get more players ready for game action this Saturday after only 53 players participated in the LSU game.

"You have three days to game-plan," he said. "Everybody thinks that we can start preparing for our next conference game, which you really can't. The only way you can get better is go out on Tuesday...we do a little bit of game plan, but we do mostly the things we want to get better at--blocking, tackling and work on the mistakes that we made in last week's game. And then you use two days to really put a game plan together for your next opponent so you're actually working for the rest of the season for this week, as we will next week when we'll be playing Tennessee."

After difficulties with extra point attempts against LSU, Tuberville said that the coaches will re-evaluate the snapping position.

"We'll look today at some younger guys that can help (snapper) Pete Compton out," Tuberville said. "Maybe just put Pete Compton at doing the deep snaps and have somebody else doing the short snaps like we did two years ago when Jeremy Wells and Michael Lindsay did it.

"We'll just have to wait and see today on how the guys respond," he added. "I'm not giving up on Pete. He's a young guy, and it's his first year to do this. That's a pretty tough situation to put him into. But it's like anything you practice. You practice at getting better and we'll put the guy in there that does the best job in practice."

Chas Crofoot, a 6-1, 187 junior, will work with the first team in practice this week on field goals and extra points. Compton is still running first team as the deep snapper.

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