Georgia Game Excites AU Offensive Lineman

Comments from Georgia native Jonathan Palmer are featured as his Tigers prepare for a key SEC road test.

Auburn, Ala.--It is doubtful that many Auburn players enjoyed their team's victory at Kentucky as much as junior offensive guard Jonathan Palmer.

After making his first start in an SEC game, and just his second overall collegiate start, Palmer was obviously excited about the 49-27 victory that included 388 rushing yards for the offense and 589 total yards, a season high for the Tigers.

Palmer took over for fellow junior Tim Duckworth, who was held out of action while recovering from a groin pull injury.

Palmer is also excited about this week's game as his Tigers travel to play the Georgia Bulldogs on Saturday night at Sanford Stadium.

"I know a lot of people on the Georgia team so this game is always a big one for me," says Palmer, who played his high school football at Cedar Grove in Decatur, Ga. "I want to beat everybody, but I really want to beat Georgia.

"Everybody knows that these next two games are going to make us or break," adds Palmer, whose team will close the regular season a week after the Georgia game when Alabama visits Jordan-Hare Stadium for a 2:30 p.m. kickoff.

"The coaching staff and the players are focused," says Palmer, whose team is 5-1 in the SEC and needs to sweep both games vs. Georgia and Alabama to stay in the hunt to repeat as SEC champions.

Jonathan Palmer can play guard, tackle and center for the Tigers.

Palmer, who graded 88 percent vs. Kentucky, says he was happy with the way he played vs. the Wildcats. "I think I played pretty good," he says. "I messed up here and there, but that comes with the game."

Auburn's running backs say the offensive line gave them plenty of running room on Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium. The junior says the big rushing day for the Tigers made him smile when he saw the final statistics. "I knew we did well, but not that well until I saw that," he notes. "That is an offensive lineman's dream."

Palmer and the Tigers took the day off from practice on Tuesday and will hit the field again on Tuesday afternoon to get continue preparations for ninth-ranked Georgia.

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