A Little Love For a Big Auburn Lineman

Auburn, Ala.--First-year starter King Dunlap admits he was surprised to look into the Auburn student section at Jordan-Hare Stadium before Saturday's SEC showdown to find that he had his own fan club.

"I saw that," he says with a grin, remembering a group of AU students who had signs, crowns and robes to pay homage to the six-foot-nine, 321-pound offensive tackle.

"I actually don't think I know any of them," the redshirt junior says. "I saw them up there in the stands when I came out for warmups. They looked like they were having a good time."

Dunlap's cheering section got to see a classic SEC football game as Auburn defeated LSU on Saturday.

Normally offensive linemen aren't high profile players so that added to the big tackle's surprise. "I have never had anybody make a sign for me before at an Auburn game," Dunlap says. "My mom told me that a couple of them had on robes and crowns. I actually found one of the signs under the bleachers after the game so I have got it at home with me."

Dunlap and his teammates are 3-0 and ranked second and third nationally in this week's major polls as they prepare for their second non-conference game, a 1:30 p.m. home date on Saturday vs. the Buffalo Bulls of the Mid-American Conference.

This week's game is not expected to go down to the final play like last Saturday's 7-3 victory over LSU. "Those are the best kind of games to play in," Dunlap says of the SEC showdown vs. the Bayou Bengals. "That is one of the reasons that you come to Auburn to have a chance to play in those kind of games. We know as an overall offense we didn't play good football, but it was still a great game and a great atmosphere.

Big King Dunlap stands out in the crowd during Auburn's Tiger Walk before Auburn's shutout victory over Mississippi State in game two.

"We are going to play better this week," Dunlap states. "That is our motto to go out and be better each week. We came back out on Sunday and Tuesday and worked on a lot of different things to get us ready for this week's game against Buffalo."

Dunlap says pulling out the victory over LSU was very important. "That will help us for big games down the road," he predicts. "It was also great that we got the win. That keeps our morale up and keeps everything going."

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