Tiger Lineman Excited About Visiting MSU

Tim Duckworth discusses his team's road trip back to his home state as the Tigers prepare for their league opener.

Auburn, Ala.--Big Tim Duckworth has never lost a football game to Mississippi State or Ole Miss and he is anxious to make sure that doesn't happen during his senior season as an All-America candidate for the Auburn Tigers.

The 6-4, 321-pounder from Taylorsville, Miss., says he is looking forward to Saturday's SEC opener vs. the Bulldogs of Mississippi State.

"I am so excited about it that I am having a hard time sleeping this week," he says. "That game has been on my mind. I am excited about getting over there."

"I am going to have a lot of friends and families over there for the game on Saturday," he notes. "I am going to have my own little cheering squad."

Duckworth notes that he has been swapping player comp tickets for other Auburn games to make sure he has enough to take care of family members who plan to attend the game that will kick off at 11:30 a.m. at Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville.

"I have been trading and trading my tail off," he says. "I have been trading my Florida and South Carolina game tickets."

With one game under his belt this season, a 40-14 victory over Washington State, the big guard is upbeat about how Auburn's retooled offensive line performed. "I think we did pretty good," he says. "Basically, we just need to finish a little bit more."

Auburn featured new starters at offensive tackle to replace 2005 seniors Marcus McNeill and Troy Reddick. Redshirt junior King Dunlap started at left tackle and redshirt senior Jonathan Palmer got the call at right tackle.

"They did pretty good," Duckworth says. "King and JP stepped up and played a whole lot better than some people thought they were going to play. We always knew they were going to be good. They just needed to get out there and take a couple of snaps."

Looking at the offense as a whole, Duckworth says, "It could have been a whole lot better. We just have to do a better job of finishing in the red zone." Although the Tigers scored 40 points, John Vaughn was forced to try five field goals and the senior made four of them, all in the first half as AU took a 19-7 lead at intermission. Vaughn missed his only second half field goal, but Auburn scored three TDs after halftime to pull away from the visitors from the Pac-10.

This Saturday for the regionally televised contest on the Lincoln Financial Sports network Duckworth is expecting a hard-nosed football game.

"They are going to try to stop us from running the ball," he says." We are going to try to run it down their throats. It is going to be a game of proving that we can run the ball.

"This is an SEC game," Duckworth adds. "Every SEC is a smash-mouth game. We need to go out there and be prepared for the worst. We need to hit them before they hit us."

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