Winning What's Important to Auburn Junior End

For Auburn junior defensive end Christopher Browder, Saturday's Iron Bowl game is a big deal.

Auburn, Ala.--For Camden's Christopher Browder, the theme for this Saturday's football game can be summed by the Al Davis phrase, "Just win, baby."

On Saturday the junior defensive end is expected to be in the playing rotation for the Auburn Tigers as they take on their in-state rival, Alabama, in a key SEC game.

"It will be a great Saturday if we win the game," Browder tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I don't have to make any tackles or make any big plays to be happy. As long as we win the game and I do my assignments, I will be happy."

Browder broke into the starting lineup this season, but injuries have limited his action in recent weeks. He has managed 3.5 sacks, 11 solo tackles and four assists in nine games, three which were starts.

"Hopefully, I will be able to go full speed," he says. "I have been rehabbing extra hard for this game. I am ready to play. I just want to play those guys so bad. It is such a big rivalry in the state. I would hate to miss it."

Browder rushes the passer in Auburn's victory at Kentucky.

The former Wilcox Central High standout says he hopes to get a chance to make some big plays. "It would be great to make a difference because my teammates have faith in me and I have faith in them," he says. "We are just going to go at it all night."

Browder notes that it is important that the Auburn ends keep Tide quarterback Brodie Croyle from having time to locate his receivers. "Brodie is a good quarterback," Browder says. "It is going to be a key thing to get pressure on him. That will help out our secondary so much. It will also help our linebackers."

The end notes that Bama likes to throw the deep ball, but adds, "Overall, they are pretty much balanced. They have a great running game and their passing game is pretty good as well. We just have got to hit them early and hit them hard."

Browder says the Tigers take all of their opponents seriously, but he notes that there is something extra in preparation for big games like the one last week vs. Georgia and this week's game vs. the Tide.

"I think there are a little bit higher stakes in this one," he says. "We really want to win this game. We have to play hard, play fast, play with emotion and rally to the football."

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