Defender Makes His Mark In Final Outing

This senior played like a Tiger on defense in his final Auburn game.

Atlanta, Ga.--Alton Moore saved his best football for his final games of his senior year. The big defensive end wishes that would have helped the Tigers play better down the home stretch, but that wasn't the case.

Auburn dropped four of its final games. Even though he will be gone in 2002, trying to make a living playing football in the National Football League, Moore says he expects good things from the Tigers.

"I don't think there is any doubt that the defense is going to be really good next and the whole team will be good," he says. "On defense, almost everybody is back except for three or four players. I just wish we could have had a more positive finish.

"The best thing I saw out there is that we never quit on defense. We kept battling to the last play and we almost had a chance to pull it out. We were tired on defense and kept battling every play. I think that says something good about us."

Moore, who had back to back sacks, contributed to a season-best six quarterback sacks for the defense. "We were having a little fun out there on defense getting after their quarterbacks," he said. "We knew our offense is young and we had to play well on defense, although we all know the offense could have played better. Give North Carolina credit for playing a good game. I believe the offense will be a lot better next year."

After battling through injuries his junior season and early in his senior season, Moore was full speed down the stretch and it showed. "Things are working out for me personally," he says. "Even though we didn't win the game, everything will be OK for this team in the future."

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Tigers who did not play in the bowl due to injuries included tailback Mark Brown, linebacker Phillip Pate, defensive tackle Marcus White, tight end Jimmy St. Louis, cornerback Horace Willis, linebacker Mark Brown and tight end Robert Johnson.

Kendall Simmons battle hard vs. the Tar Heels.

Senior offensive tackle Kendall Simmons held his own against celebrated defensive lineman Julius Peppers. The big Auburn tackle said after the game that Peppers was all he was built up to be and even more. "I knew he would bring his 'A' game tonight and he did," Simmons aid. "I tried the best I could."

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