Dickens Says Pigs to Test Tiger Front Four

Senior defensive tackle Wayne Dickens comments on the expected showdown on the line of scrimmage as the Tigers head to Arkansas.

Auburn, Ala.--Defensive tackle Wayne Dickens says he is ready to hit the road and take on a big and experienced offensive line as the Auburn Tigers play their first away game of the football season against Arkansas on Saturday at 6 p.m.

"Their offensive line is the most physical offensive line we've seen so far this year," Dickens says. "Watching some of their film, they really put it on a couple of other teams that they've played, but they weren't able to pull out the win.

"We had a lot of teams the first couple of weeks run around us and run off the edge," he adds. "This week they're coming straight at us so pretty much it's up to the front four this week to win the game."

With four backs averaging more than 50 yards per contest, the Razorbacks are third in the nation in rushing offense with an average of 286.4 yards per game. They are led on the ground by a pair of freshmen, Darren McFadden and Felix Jones, who average 9.1 yards per carry and 7.8 yards per carry, respectively.

In past years, Auburn defensive linemen have had a troubling time coming out of the Arkansas game healthy with all of the cut-block schemes by the Razorbacks' O-line. Dickens says that he has had to change his alignment for this week to avoid being cut and taken out of the play.

"Usually I play a 25 percent alignment at the three technique," he says. A 25 percent alignment means that 25 percent of his body is lined up on the outside of the guard. "This week I'm going to have to play a true 50 percent just to keep myself tight enough where I can stay away from being cut this week.

"It keeps me from getting cut by that backside tackle," Dickens adds. "It's going to be a little tougher this week when he's reaching. I'm going to have to play the technique and it won't be a problem. I've been practicing the last two weeks playing that true 50 and just being sound."

Wayne Dickens (96) is in his first season as the starting defensive tackle.

Auburn enters the game at 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the conference, while the Pigs are 2-3 overall and 0-2 in the conference. All five of Auburn's games this year have been played at Jordan-Hare Stadium. While playing on the road in the SEC causes communication problems offensively, Dickens notes that away games help the defense.

"It's a lot quieter when we're on the field on the road," he says. "On the road it's a lot quieter, and we can get our calls and our checks and we can communicate a lot better on the road."

Dickens adds that aside from the football aspect, he usually gets relax a bit more playing away from home.

"You get that Friday pretty much," he says. "You don't have to go to class on Friday. You get a travel day. Being at home you always have family coming in and you have to make sure they get to the hotel or get to the house. And with tickets, pretty much when I travel in the SEC I don't have any family out of town. I just send my tickets to my teammates and get ready to play ball."


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