Rosegreen: Tigers Need To Take Care Of Business

Auburn, Ala.–-Junior Rosegreen says that if he ever has thoughts of becoming a coach there's definitely one person he'll turn to for knowledge on the subject.

Rosegreen admits he is a fan of the work being done by Auburn's third year defensive coordinator, Gene Chizik, and says the coach has played a large role in Auburn's success this season.

The architect of Auburn's surprising defense, Chizik's rebuilding job has been impressive this season and Rosegreen has been one of his top players. Auburn's starting strong safety, Rosegreen leads the SEC with five interceptions this season and had a SEC record four in one game in a win over Tennessee.

Rosegreen says that this defense owes a great deal of its success to Chizik and his coaching ability. "I think it's because he just always harps on being great and doing everything right," Rosegreen says. "He pays attention to the little things like tackling and fitting within the defense and no deep balls. If you've got a great receiver you've got to put your best man on him and shut him down. Just like he (Chizik) always tells Carlos (Carlos Rogers), "If we're playing a great receiver I'm going to put you on him and you should feel like he's not going to catch a ball on you.' He tells me, 'Junior, when I put you in the box to fit like a linebacker you should be able to do that.'

"I don't think he puts any pressure on us, he just motivates us," Rosegreen adds. "He's a good motivational speaker. He can get you fired up and then it's on you. A coach can only do so much. He does his job by getting us prepared and getting us ready to play the game. We just have to go out there and execute the defense and execute the calls."

Junior Rosegreen is third on Auburn's team in tackles this season with 31. The senior has eight career interceptions.

While the Tiger defense has been obviously well prepared this season, it takes talent to be rated among the nation's top groups this late in the season. Auburn has a variety of good players and one of the best is senior cornerback Carlos Rogers. A cornerback who can take an opponent's best receiver out of his game, Rogers is having an impressive senior season despite a lack of numbers due to opponents avoiding him whenever possible.

"To me he's having a great season," Rosegreen says. "He's doing what Coach is telling him to do. He's shutting down people. Of course people are going to respect him because he is the best corner in the SEC. I think Carlos is having a real good year. He just has to keep doing what he's doing and at the end of the year everything else will speak for itself as far as ranking the corners."

In addition to what he does to the opposing offense, Rogers' play also impacts the Auburn defense because of his ability to disrupt an offense. Rosegreen says that while Rogers keeps the offense from getting untracked, he also helps the defense cover more ground by blanketing his area.

"Being that I know that Carlos can shut down one side of the field that helps me out because I can make things happen on the other side," Rosegreen says. "I know that Carlos isn't going to need my help and in the game he always tells me 'don't worry about me, I've got this over here you can just help everybody else that needs it.' That's what I do."

The Tigers return to action on Saturday when they face the Kentucky Wildcats at Jordan-Hare Stadium. When they do the defense will be riding high, giving up just nine points per game this season and 262.7 yards per contest. The defense has forced a lot of three and outs, giving the ball back quickly to the offense, which is currently leading the SEC in total yards.

"You have to credit the game plan," Rosegreen says. "If we keep holding people out of the end zone and keep giving our offense the ball, sooner or later they're going to score."

Auburn's biggest obstacle this week may not be the Wildcats, but dealing with the news that it is ranked fourth in the first BCS standings released on Monday. However, Rosegreen says that the team isn't worried about rankings or standings, just about winning games.

"We don't pay attention to all that," the senior says. "If you lose a game then you're not going to be in the top five anymore. We're basically taking it one game at a time and one play at a time and everything else will take care of itself."


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