SEC Race Excites Tiger Receiver

Senior wide receiver Ben Obomanu discusses his football team.

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn wide receiver Ben Obomanu is having a big year on and off and the football field.

After graduating with a degree in finance in just three years, the senior from Selma is playing his final season at Auburn as a graduate student. He was recently selected as a semi-finalist for the Draddy Trophy, an award presented annually to a student athlete with success in the classroom, community and football field.

Obomanu is also leading the team in receiving with 16 catches for 180 yards and three touchdowns. His 15-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter against South Carolina moved him into third place all-time at Auburn with 16 career TD receptions.

With all of the long hours and accomplishments in the classroom and on the football field, the Auburn offweek couldn't have come soon enough for the senior.

"I might go to Birmingham (Saturday)," Obomanu says. "I have a cousin that goes to Miles College and I might go to their football game just to be able to get away from Auburn for a little bit.

"Being here ever since two-a-days and since this summer kind of gets to you a little bit and you want to get away to a different environment," he adds. "Just being able to get two hours away from Auburn is going to feel like a 1,000 miles from Auburn really."

Following Auburn's offweek the Tigers will hit the road for the first time all season against Arkansas on Oct. 15. It marks the first of four road games during a five game stretch before closing the season at home against Alabama.

The Tigers will enter the game in Fayetteville with a 4-1 record and a 2-0 start in the SEC. The lone loss of the season came in the season opener to Georgia Tech, but Obomanu says that loss hasn't affected any of the team goals.

"One of the things that Coach (Tommy Tuberville) tried to express to us (after the Georgia Tech loss) is that the following Mississippi State game is the one that really counts as far as achieving our goal of making it back to Atlanta," Obomanu says. "All of the things about national championship and those things, we really have no control of that. It was evident last year."

Ben Obomanu is third in career touchdown receptions for Auburn with 16.

Obomanu notes that he and his teammates are excited that there are nothing but SEC games left on the schedule. "The great thing about it is that SEC games count and you control your own destiny with those games," he says. "Getting back into the SEC games (against South Carolina) was the pivotal point. We can control these games and get back to where we want to be."

Obomanu adds that the 48-7 win over the Gamecocks, as well as an emotional meeting Friday night at the pre-game hotel in LaGrange, Ga., might have helped this team realize its potential.

"Throughout each season, each team tries to find its identity," he says. "You go through different points during the season whether it be during two-a-days, the opening game, or some people may wait till the end of the season to be able to gel as a team.

"I believe that, hopefully, last Friday was our point where we actually reached our peak and realized the potential that we can have," Obomanu adds. "The great thing about it is that this team understands where we stand and what we have ahead of us."

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