Sears Says Tigers Need to Be On Guard

Auburn linebacker Kevin Sears discusses Saturday's SEC home game vs. Ole Miss.

Auburn, Ala.--Although nobody has accused the Ole Miss offense of being a college football juggernaut, Auburn linebacker Kevin Sears says the Rebels deserve to be respected.

The junior linebacker has been watching video of the Rebels as he prepares for Saturday's SEC game vs. the Rebels and says he and his teammates on defense need to be alert.

"They have a complex offense," Sears says. "They have a lot of stuff that can hurt us so we have to be on top of our game. They have got speed all over the field from the receivers to McSwain (tailback Mico McSwain) to Spurlock (quarterback Michael Spurlock) so we have to be ready."

Ole Miss comes into the game averaging 15.3 points per contest while giving up 16.4 per contest.

Sears and his teammates will be trying to bounce back from a disappointing 20-17 overtime loss at LSU last Saturday night. Like many on his team, Sears did a lot of good things vs. the Bayou Bengals.

"I graded out well so I had a pretty good game vs. LSU," notes Sears, who adds he liked the physical nature and intensity of the game. "There weren't anything but grown men out there. If you can't have fun in a game like that you don't need to play the game. It looked like all of our guys enjoyed it."

Kevin Sears was in on five tackles last week vs. LSU and has 23 this season.

Sears says he and his fellow linebackers are banged up going into Saturday's contest vs. the Rebels. The junior notes that he has a sore knee, but will be ready to play vs. the Rebels. Antarrious Williams has a sore shoulder and Travis Williams is still battling his turf toe injury.

Auburn will bring a 3-1 SEC record into the game while the Rebels are 1-3 in the conference. Auburn is 5-2 overall and Ole Miss is 3-4.

"We just have one loss so it is on us to keep on winning," he says. "I feel we can beat anybody in the SEC. We went out and showed LSU that game should have went to us even though they worked hard enough for it. As a team, we are getting better and coming together."

Kickoff for Saturday's game at Jordan-Hare Stadium will be at 11:30 a.m. and there will be regional television coverage on JP.

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