Taking It Deep Doesn't Sit Well With Secondary

Safety Will Herring talks about Auburn's pass defense and what the Tigers need to work on before facing Georgia's experienced quarterback David Greene.

Auburn, Ala.–-There is little doubt the Auburn secondary will get a lot of work in practice between now and the Georgia game on Saturday in Jordan-Hare Stadium. Safety Will Herring says that after giving up two deep passes to Ole Miss for touchdowns the Tigers will have to improve drastically before taking on quarterback David Greene and the Bulldog offense.

"A couple of days off were good," Herring says. "It's good to get back in here and check on some of the things we messed up on and start getting ready for Georgia. We know going in that they're a great team. We're going to have to prepare all three days this week and get ready to go next week.

"A team like Georgia is a concern regardless, but we realize the big plays and the deep balls we've given up. The coaches have been harping on it all season, it's just unfortunate that it's happened the last few games going into the stretch.

"It's for sure something we're going to have to work on and just make sure we have our depth and the safeties hit our landmarks. We have to make them drive the football. We can't give up big plays against a team like Georgia and expect to win."

Herring makes a big fourth down stop against Ole Miss in last week's game.

This past Saturday Tigers were off for the first time this season after playing nine games in a row. Trying to find the delicate balance between getting rest and keeping the edge that has them undefeated this season, Herring says that the team more than anything needed some time off.

"That was an awesome stretch we had, but I think the guys are really glad we have it," Herring says of the off week. "To play nine consecutive games is a long stretch."

Something that has gotten less talk this week is the BCS and where the Tigers stand after nine games. Currently third behind USC and Oklahoma, Herring says Auburn can't do anything but continue to play football and see if they can move up in the rankings.

"When we're at home we watch Sportscenter just like everybody else, but we realize if we don't take care of business we're not going to have a shot to get in anyway," Herring says. "I feel like if we take care of our business that's all we can be concerned with.

"The BCS is something we can't control so there's no need to worry about it. As for me, I just want to finish the season on a positive note and just keep going with what we've got and that's to win every game."

Herring and the Tigers will return to practice on Sunday after taking off on Friday and Saturday.

Kickoff for the Georgia game is set for 2:30 p.m. and it will be televised by CBS.

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