Relaxed And Focused Tigers Ready For Bulldogs

Wide receiver Devin Aromashodu and Coach Tommy Tuberville talk about the Georgia game and Wednesday's practice.

Auburn, Ala.–-The atmosphere isn't an easy one to concentrate in if you're one of the Auburn Tigers that is getting ready for the game of the year this Saturday against Georgia. With both teams ranked in the Top five and playing for a possible BCS berth and shot at a national championship, junior wide receiver Devin Aromashodu said that the players have been hearing talk from their fellow students all week.

That has made it tough, but he said that this team is prepared to get the job done like they've done all season. With nine wins in nine games and just one margin of victory less than 18 points, the Tigers are on a roll heading into the 2:30 p.m. kickoff on Saturday.

"It's kind of tough, but we know that we have to win our games first before we worry about anything else that's going on," Aromashodu said. "We just want to stay focused on Georgia and win this game before we worry about anything else. It makes it kind of tough because people are always asking me about it. We just have to stay focused and stay humble and do what we've been doing all season."

Devin Aromashodu

Standing in the Tigers' way is a Georgia team primed for the upset. Along with LSU, the Bulldogs are one of the most talented teams in the league from top to bottom and will present a severe challenge for Auburn's offense. Aromashodu said that when you watch film of Georgia's defense you immediately become impressed with how they play the game.

"They've got a good defense," Aromashodu. "They have good linebackers and defensive line. They have a good secondary and great safeties. We're just going to have to continue our offense. I feel like if we do that the we have done to this point we'll be fine."

Unlike the last time out when the Tigers were the tired team and Ole Miss was coming in after an off week, this week Auburn should be fresher than its opponent after being off last weekend while Georgia will be playing its seventh straight game. Aromashodu said that the off days have been good for the team as it gets ready to play the game of the year to this point.

"It has been good because we've been able to focus on them a little more," Aromashodu said. "We've had more time to study them and put in more plays. We know that we have to come out and try to beat them to the punch."

Aromashodu and the Tigers continued preparations for Georgia on Wednesday with a two-hour practice in shorts and shoulder pads. Coach Tommy Tuberville said the day went well and he thinks his team is ready to play a good football game.

"It was a good day of practice," Tuberville said. "The guys are really focused. Tomorrow we'll just have a little shorter practice. We've got everything in and everything is looking good.

"It has been a good two weeks," he added. "We've gotten a lot of practice time in. Now we just need to let it settle in a little bit one more time tomorrow and see what happens."

Starting center Jeremy Ingle is looking better and better on the field. Returning to practice on Sunday for some light work, he has progressed to running with the first team almost exclusively with guard Danny Lindsey also getting some work at center. Tuberville said he's encouraged by what he's seen out of Ingle this week.

"Jeremy Ingle has taken every snap the last two days and is looking good," Tuberville said. "There won't be any problem there. He should be right at 100 percent come Saturday. Dr. (James) Andrews came in today to look at him at some other guys and everything looks good."

With people coming in to Auburn by the droves already in preparation for Saturday's game the atmosphere surrounding the players will be very hectic this week. While the game is a huge one that hasn't gone unnoticed by the players, Tuberville said this team is taking on the challenge this week just like it has done all year.

"They're excited and know the significance of the game," Tuberville said. "They know for the seniors it's the last game they'll ever play in Auburn. There's a lot of things going on for this game. They know they're playing a good team that is playing good.

"They're relaxed, joking around and having fun," he added. "This group has had fun all year long. They've been focused when they needed to be this year and had fun when they needed to. This has been a week where I didn't want them out there just grinding and taking the fun out of it. There is a lot of laughing and joking going on. It has been a good week."

Saturday's game can be seen live on CBS Television beginning at 2:30 p.m. Auburn will also be the host site for ESPN's College Gameday, which will be in town on Friday and all day Saturday next to the marquee at Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum.

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