Senior Looking Forward To Final Iron Bowl

Auburn, Ala.--Senior defensive end Bret Eddins will be starting for the third time against Auburn's archrival when the Tigers and Tide square off on Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa.

The 6-5, 267 senior says it is hard to believe his collegiate career is in the final stages. "It is probably going to be pretty emotional," Eddins says of his final regular season college game. "Me and some of the seniors were joking that it feels like we just got here."

After Saturday's showdown vs. Alabama, he will play in the SEC Championship Game, most likely in a rematch with Tennessee, and then a still to be determined bowl game.

However, in the long run, the football game that could be the most remembered unless the Tigers run the table and come home with a national title will be his final showdown with Alabama.

"Growing up you kind of dream of getting a chance to play in this game," Eddins says of the Iron Bowl rivalry. "I have had three or four chances to play in this game and this year is going to be my last. It is just real special every time you get to play against your life-long rival. Hopefully, it will be a good memory."

Eddins has played well against Bama in his two previous starts. This year's game features a 10-0 Auburn team trying to keep in the hunt for the national title while Bama will try to pull off the big upset. Eddins and fellow senior defensive end Doug Langenfeld will be doing their best to see that the Tide offense doesn't get any kind of momentum that could lead to an upset of the Tigers, who are ranked second and third nationally in the major polls this week.

Despite just a 6-4 overall record and a 3-4 SEC mark, Eddins says the Tide is a team that he won't take lightly. "Their offensive line did a real good job last week against LSU, which has a real good defensive line," Eddins says. "We are going to have to go out there and do a good job of slowing their running game so they can't set up their passing game. We are going to have to be physical up front."

Bret Eddins

Defensive ends coach Terry Price says that he can count on Eddins to be physical and play hard every snap. He says the senior has been a good role model for a talented group of reserve ends.

The Tigers are also jockeying for position in the Bowl Championship Series rankings, where they are rated third nationally behind Southern Cal and Oklahoma. Eddins says he doesn't understand how the BCS formula is calculated and says this week he really isn't concerned. "Right now we are just focused on Alabama and we are not worried too much about the polls," he says.

Auburn moved up to a tie for second in the AP Top 25 poll with a victory over Georgia last Saturday in Eddins' final game at Jordan-Hare Stadium. He says he was thinking about how it was his final game as he made his final home Tiger Walk journey into the stadium. "That was real emotional," he says. "I am glad we got the win."

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