Slaughter Looking For Continued "Bragging Rights"

Fullback Jake Slaughter talks about his team's preparation for the SEC Football Championship Game.

Auburn, Ala.--Junior fullback Jake Slaughter will try to improve his career record against his home-state teams to 5-0 Saturday as the 11-0 Auburn Tigers face the 9-2 Tennessee Volunteers in the Georgia Dome at 5 p.m.

"We've played Tennessee twice and Vanderbilt twice and every Tennessee game is important to me," Slaughter says. "It feels good to beat those guys because I've got friends on the team so it's pretty huge to get a beating on them. I get a little bit of bragging rights when I go home and it's definitely nice.

"I think it would be amazing," he adds about the possibility of winning the SEC Championship. "The year before I came they went and lost pretty bad. It's been a goal and every year we talk about that and it's what we're shooting for. We're not trying to think about the national championship right now. We're trying to think about the SEC Championship and that's been a huge goal. We know we can accomplish it if we play together."

Jake Slaughter (44) has become a key part of the offense, coordinator Al Borges says.

Even though Slaughter hasn't seen the ball much this season, he's a hard-nosed player who has been singled out by running backs coach Eddie Gran and head coach Tommy Tuberville throughout the season for his improvements and physical play while blocking for the tailbacks.

"The way I look at it is when I do get in there and throw a real good block for either one of those backs then they're going to score and I'm confident they will," he says. "It's just a pleasure to block for those two guys (Ronnie Brown and Carnell Williams). That's the way I look at it. I still get to play a good bit of smash-mouth football and that's what I like so it doesn't bother me at all.

"It'd be nice to get some more catches and carries but like I said, a good block and seeing them score is just as good," Slaughter adds.

His selfless play has rubbed off on his teammates and is a big reason why the Tigers finished the regular season undefeated.

"What's made us so good is we've never worried about BCS talk or the other team we're playing," Slaughter says. "We always worry about ourselves. It's a total team concept and we know that if we worry about ourselves and count on each other then we can beat anybody. We're taking each team, playing them and I hope things turn out in the end.

"I think we do (deserve to play for the national championship)," he adds. "I think if we play as a team we can beat anybody and I'm confident that any team we play against we can win."

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