Duckworth Says LSU Game Huge for AU's Seniors

Comments from offensive guard Tim Duckworth are featured.

Auburn, Ala.--After playing in a thrilling but monumentally disappointing overtime loss to LSU last season, Auburn's Timmy Duckworth is ready to strap on the pads for the rematch.

"I am very excited," the 6-4, 321-pound senior offensive guard says. "You lick your chops for this one. Whoever wins this one usually plays in the SEC Championship Game."

Auburn and LSU both come into Saturday's game at Jordan-Hare Stadium with 2-0 records. Auburn is ranked fourth and sixth in the major polls while LSU is sixth and seventh.

"LSU is going to be real good," Duckworth notes. "They have some good defensive linemen. I have watched the defense because that is who I am going to be going against. Number 72 (6-2, 289 junior tackle Glen Dorsey), number 94 (6-4, 265 senior end Chase Pittman) and number 99 (6-1, 295 sophomore tackle Marion Favorite) they all look good up there.

"They are going to give us a run for our money, but we are going to have to come out and play a little bit harder and want it a little bit more than them," he says.

Duckworth, a preseason All-SEC selection, is one of three senior starters on the offensive front who battled against LSU last year in Baton Rouge. He notes that 20-17 loss is still fresh on his mind from a night that Auburn's John Vaughn was 1-6 on field goals and the AU offense failed to cash in on other scoring chances.

When asked what stands out about that game, the big lineman says, "I guess if you asked that question to everybody they would say the field goals, but it should have never been brought down to the wire like that. The offense had plenty of chances to score touchdowns. We just didn't finish.

"I hope they let old money John, that's what we call him, be the captain in this game," Duckworth says of Vaughn, the senior kicker who is off to a hot start this season. "We have all of the faith in the world in him. I think we only ran twice this year for field goals and last year we ran almost every time. We praise him for that."

In team practices, Coach Tommy Tuberville simulates game pressure situations by making the entire team run wind sprints after practice if the kickers don't come through and make their end of practice field goals.

Kickoff time for Saturday's game is 2:30 p.m. at Jordan-Hare Stadium on the Auburn campus. The game will be televised nationally CBS with Craig Bolerjack doing the play by play with Steve Buerlein the analyst.

"The key for us is to go out and play our best," Duckworth says. "We need to go out and play our game. We know they have a good defense, but we are going to worry about ourselves."

Duckworth adds that he and his teammates, particularly the seniors, will be highly motivated when LSU arrives for perhaps the biggest game of the season in the SEC.

"It is very important," Duckworth says. "We got our tails handed to us last year. This is our last year to play them so we are going to be licking our chops--every last one of us have been talking about that we are ready for this game to begin. This is our last go-around. We don't get to play these guys anymore so we want to go out with a bang."

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