Tiger Defensive End Eager For Road Test

Junior Christopher Browder says he is eager to be a big-play contributor on Saturday vs. LSU.

Auburn, Ala.--Junior Christopher Browder, who leads the Auburn defense in quarterback sacks with 3 1/2 so far this season, says he and his fellow defensive ends need to add to their sack totals on Saturday night.

That is when his Tigers will be in Baton Rouge taking on seventh-ranked LSU in a key SEC West showdown. The winner of the contest will control its destiny in the quest to earn a spot in the SEC Championship Game.

The loser will still have a chance to get to the title game in Atlanta, but will need some help from other teams to make that happen.

"We have just got to get pressure on their quarterback because they have got some really talented receivers and their running backs coming out of the backfield can catch the football, too," Browder says.

Browder notes that assignment won't be easy against what he says is the strongest offensive line the Tigers have faced this year. "Their line looks good," he says. "Their tackles look really good. I think they have an All-American (6-7, 322 senior Andrew Whitworth) on one side. I think I will go up against him a few times on Saturday."

Christopher Browder (92) is having by far his most productive season as a Tiger.

Before Browder will get a chance to chase LSU quarterback Jamarcus Russell, he will have to continue to do rehab on a knee he "banged up just a little bit" in Auburn's 34-17 victory over LSU.

"I lost my footing and fell on my knee," he says. "I am just working with the trainers to get it back to normal. I have a little bit of swelling and the trainers are trying to get it back to full strength and get the soreness out and the swelling down."

Browder says he is looking forward to playing at Tiger Stadium, but he has work to do with trainer Arnold Gamber to make sure that happens.

The junior had to watch Tuesday's practice while doing rehab drills, which he says was a good session for his team. "We are looking forward to playing against LSU," he notes. "This will be my first time playing against them. Everybody on the team is real excited. We have the game plan in and everybody is real excited to go down there.

"I have watched their film and they have a real good offense," Browder adds. "They can run and pass the ball. They have about a 50-50 balance."

Kickoff time is set for 6:45 p.m. Central from Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge with television coverage on ESPN. Auburn is 3-0 in the SEC and LSU is 3-1 in conference play.

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