AU Lineman Predicting a Physical Game

Auburn offensive guard Ben Grubbs comments on his team's Southeastern Conference road game vs. LSU.

Baton Rouge, La.--Auburn junior offensive guard Ben Grubbs has respect for LSU's defensive front that is expected to give his team a major test on Saturday night at Tiger Stadium.

The hometown Bayou Bengals are fighting to stay alive in the SEC West race while Auburn looks to run its record to 4-0 in conference games. To do that, Grubbs says the AU offensive line will have to play well.

"LSU's defensive front is big and fast," he says. "I remember Kyle Williams from last year. He is a great athlete.

"They have got 98 (Claude Wroten) in there now. He is physical. Melvin Oliver is on the end and 52 (Ryan Willis). They are athletes and they play hard and know how to play. It is going to be a physical, hard-nose football game and that is what we like"

Grubbs says he expects to face a loud, hostile crowd with more than 92,000 fans watching the game at newly expanded Tiger Stadium.

"It is going to be tough to hear the snap count," Grubbs notes. "The stadium at Arkansas isn't nearly as large as the one at LSU and it was hard to hear it there. It is going to be one of the factors in the game. It is important for us to not jump offsides and to not be late."

Grubbs and the rest of the Auburn offensive line graded well in their 34-17 victory at Arkansas. "We started off a little slow, but after we watched film of how we played in the first half it didn't look bad at all," he says.

"In the second half we put it all together and we came together as an offensive unit and we executed like we know how to do," Grubbs adds. "It gives you confidence when you can run for over 200 yards and pass for more than 200 yards. When you have a back rush for more than 180 yards, you can't ask for more than that. I think that coming into that game we are going to have confidence."

Ben Grubbs is in his second season as a starting guard for the Tigers.

Grubbs says he really enjoyed the physical victory vs. the Razorbacks, particularly Auburn's four second half touchdown drives.

"It was fun to look across the line and see the Arkansas players with their hands on their hips and breathing hard," he says. "You love to see that as an offensive player. That lets you know that you have them on their heels and you just want to keep pounding the ball. That was fun."

Grubbs says he and his teammates are looking forward to the challenge of playing the nation's seventh-ranked team on the road. "If that can't get you up, I don't know what can," he says with a grin. "It is a big game for us and a big game for them. To beat them on their turf would be a major accomplishment for us, and that is what we are looking for."

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