Gunn Back to Form for Tigers

Auburn, Ala.--After getting off to a slow start this season due to a hamstring problem that caused him to miss much of preseason, Auburn's Marquies Gunn looks to be back to his old self.

The senior from Alex City won praise from Auburn defensive end coach Terry Price for his play in Auburn's 7-3 victory over LSU last week.

"It was one of those games where you had to pin your ears back and make some plays," Gunn says. "I felt great about the way I played. Being a senior, I knew I had to take it upon myself to make plays and carry out my assignments.

"I am back full speed," the senior says. "I had a big downfall the first two games, but I feel 100 percent now."

The victory over a Top 10 ranked LSU team is a real boost, Gunn says. "It does give us confidence as a group. I knew going into the game we had the type of defense that could shut out any team in the country on a given day."

The defensive end says that he and his teammates are enjoying their new coordinator, Will Muschamp, who is known for being extremely intense.

"Muschamp is a great guy," Gunn says. "He keeps your motivation and enthusiasm going. You can't be anything but pumped up playing for that guy."

Gunn is shown during a Tiger Walk prior to Auburn's victory over Washington State to open the season.

Muschamp coaches the secondary and one of his safeties, junior Eric Brock, came through with big plays in the victory over LSU, including the one to end the game and preserve the Auburn victory. "I am glad to see Eric make that big play," Gunn says. "That is a lot of redemption from last year. I am really proud of him. He has really improved. His whole attitude has changed."

Gunn says even though the Auburn defense is playing well, they are far from satisfied. "We can get better every week," he says. "You are never going to be 100 percent."

Getting a pair of linebackers back in the mix this week should be a plus, Gunn adds. "It means a lot to get Kevin Sears back. He has played a lot for us. Also, Steve Gandy is back. He keeps the defense going with his attitude."

Gunn and his teammates will take on the University of Buffalo on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Auburn is 3-0 while the Buffalo Bills bring a 1-2 record into their first-ever football game vs. an SEC team.

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