Senior Wants To Leave AU On High Note

Linebacker Travis Williams talks about this year's senior class and their chance to make history on Monday against Wisconsin.

Orlando, Fla.--Even though linebacker Travis Williams will be playing his final collegiate game on Monday, he says getting a win against Wisconsin is important for the future of Auburn football as he passes the torch on to a new group of linebackers.

"That'd be big to end on that point," he says about getting a win in his final game, which would set the school record for wins by a senior class. "My personal goal is to set up Auburn for next year. With a win we could finish in the Top 5. I think that will leave more as far as leaving a legacy and setting the tone for next year for the other guys.

"It would be a great accomplishment showing that Auburn is one of the teams on the rise," Williams adds. "I'm trying to just set the tone for next year even though I'm not going to be here. I'm going to keep up with Auburn football as long as I'm breathing. It's just a great place."

Travis Williams has his eyes on another 10-win season for the Tigers.

Next season's linebacking corps will be minus Travis Williams and fellow senior Antarrious Williams. With Kevin Sears' status with the football team undecided, Karibe Dede may be the only returning player in the unit with a significant amount of playing time. However, Williams says that the future at the position under coach Joe Whitt is bright with plenty of talented players stepping in.

"We've got a good group of linebackers and I don't think it will be a drop off," he says. "Coach (Tommy) Tuberville does a great job of recruiting. We've got young guys like Merrill Johnson, Chris Evans, Tray Blackmon, Courtney Harden and guys like that who will come in and step up.

"The main thing is that they've got to come in and be ready to learn. The talent is there, but the mental aspect, they've got to be ready for that."

While preparations and game planning for the Badgers comes down to the end, Williams has been having as much fun as possible off the field in Orlando by going to as many theme parks as possible and recording everything on video.

"Getting on all the rides I've been like a little kid," he says. "The Hulk, Doom and Dragon... I forget the names but I try to get on all of the rides I can. I'm just trying to live it up and taking advantage of a great bowl and as a senior try to get all of the memories on camera."

Even though the Tigers are about a 10-point favorite in Monday's game against Wisconsin, Williams believes that both teams have the same chance and opportunity to come out on top.

"We have to come ready to play," he says. "It's going to be a great game and we're not overlooking Wisconsin one bit. Personally, I don't read newspapers as far as who's the favorite and all of this and that. It depends on how you match up with that particular team. It's going to be a great match-up."

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