Ingle Hangs Tough In Victory Over Bulldogs

Auburn's starting center came through for the Tigers in his team's 24-6 victory over Georgia.

Auburn, Ala.--With his senior season being his first and last as a starter for the Auburn football team, former walk-on Jeremy Ingle wants to go for all the gusto he can get.

If that means playing with pain, that's okay for the center from Montgomery, who put on an ironman performance in going the distance in Auburn's 24-6 victory over the Georgia Bulldogs on Saturday in Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Ingle suffered a high ankle sprain three weeks ago vs. Kentucky and he missed the previous game at Ole Miss two weeks ago. Working overtime on his rehab in the off week and game week for Georgia with his backup Steven Ross out for the season with a knee injury suffered last week, Ingle was needed and stepped up with a strong performance.

"I am still hurting," Ingle said after the game. "It is a pulsating pain in my ankle. In the second quarter it was probably one of the worst pains I have ever had. Thank God I got in at halftime and the pain stopped a little bit."

Ingle said he felt like he was about 90 of full speed going into the game. However, that percentage was reduced when "somebody fell on it," Ingle said. "I knew it hurt really bad. I could feel my heart pounding in my ankle."

Jeremy Ingle is shown with quarterback Jeremy Ingle.

Ingle said it is a special feeling to win his final game at Jordan-Hare Stadium. "It feels great to go out on a winning note against a great team like Georgia," he said.

Ingle and his unbeaten team will travel to Tuscaloosa to play Alabama on next Saturday to close the regular season.

"The Iron Bowl, I think, is the best football game in the nation," he says. "I am just happy we are 10-0 going into the game. I have never been 10-0 at anything in my life. We have everything to win, but we also have everything to lose because Bama is going to be gunning for us."

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