"No-Name Defense" Tag Doesn't Bother McClover

Auburn defensive end Stanley McClover talks about his team's latest victory.

Auburn, Ala.--Stanley McClover says he doesn't mind being part of what Tommy Tuberville is calling his "no name" defense.

The sophomore defensive end, who had two of Auburn's season-high nine quarterback sacks, said his head coach's nickname is a good one.

"That is a perfect name for us," he said. "A lot of us are no-namers who are out here working hard trying to make a name for ourselves."

In the first five games, the talented young defensive end had just one sack. In addition to his two sacks on Saturday in Auburn's 52-7 victory over Louisiana Tech, the second-stringer pressured the Tech quarterbacks on other plays.

"It felt real good to get that first sack," he said. "Everybody on our defense is playing hard and handling their role. We just have to come out and do it every week."

McClover noted that the challenge gets tougher as Auburn tries to improve its record to 7-0 next week vs. the Arkansas Razorbacks, who had the week off. The winner of the game will be in good shape to win the SEC West.

"That is a real important game for us," said McClover, who will have the assignment of pressuring 6-6, 237 Arkansas quarterback Matt Jones. "He is a big, fast dude and we are going to have to do a real good job of containing him. We will have to use our speed on defense and we will have to play smart. I think it is going to be a real good game."

McClover had three tackles for losses in Auburn's Homecoming game and helped the Tigers keep alive their streak of no rushing touchdowns allowed this season.


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