Tuberville: Too Early To Campaign for Team

Sunday comments from Tommy Tuberville are featured.

Auburn, Ala.--Tommy Tuberville said on Sunday it is too early for him to start campaigning to try to improve Auburn's position in the national rankings that have the Tigers listed two by AP and third in the USA Today coaches poll three games into the football season.

"No we are not going to politic," he said. "It is a little bit early. We have got a lot of games to play. We are very fortunate to be where we are at. We feel privileged to be ranked in top five.

"I don't know whether we are a top five team," he said. "We are playing pretty good, but we are not playing to our potential on both sides of the ball yet. We have got a lot of young guys who are growing up. But it is too early. We have got some big games left. We are excited about where we are at."

Auburn, which is 2-0 in the SEC and 3-0 overall after defeating LSU 7-3, has "a lot of room for improvement," Tuberville noted. "We have got a lot of young guys that are going to have to start playing. We have some technique things we have to straighten out. I don't think we are hitting on all cylinders on offense in any game we have played.

"I think we are playing fairly good defensively," the head coach added. "We have got some guys who are learning. We have a few injuries that are starting to mount up. I think we can be better and as a coach when you have won a game like that and you have got possibilities of improving, it makes you feel pretty good."

Also on Sunday Tuberville said:

*Senior tight end Cole Bennett will have surgery on Monday to have a pin inserted in his ankle. He broke a bone in Auburn's victory over LSU and will be out six to eight weeks.

Cole Bennett

*Another starter, junior cornerback Jonathan Wilhite, was injured in the LSU game. He is responding well to treatment for a hamstring injury and is listed as "questionable" for this week's game vs. Buffalo. No other Auburn players are expected to miss this week's game due to an injury.

*Running back Carl Stewart was named the offensive player of the LSU game by the coaching staff while end Marquies Gunn and safety Aairon Savage were named the co-defensive players of the week. Punter Kody Bliss was named the staff's defensive player of the week.

*Patrick Lee has the flu and was told to stay away from his teammates for a few days, Tuberville said. He should be ready for Saturday's game.

*True freshman Michael Goggans is expected to leave the scout team to get ready for game action with Cole Bennett out six to eight weeks. It is too early to know if Bennett will return this year or if he would come back as a redshirt senior. CTT said they could move another player to tight end like an offensive lineman.

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