SEC Honors Auburn's Duckworth

Birmingham, Ala.--Auburn senior guard Timmy Duckworth has been named the Southeastern Conference's Offensive Lineman of the Week for his performance in a 24-17 victory over South Carolina.

Duckworth had his team's highest offensive line grade at 98 percent with six pancake blocks and a pair of cockroach blocks.

Duckworth and his 5-0 teammates will return to Jordan-Hare Stadium this Saturday for an SEC West showdown against the Arkansas Razorbacks, the only team left in the division other than Auburn without an SEC loss.

The Tigers will take on the Razorbacks without starting center, Joe Cope, who is expected to be out four to six weeks with a knee injury. Sophomore Jason Bosley is expected to start in his place.

Duckworth is in his second season as a starter for the Tigers.

Offensive coordinator Al Borges notes it is comforting to know that a pair of talented and experienced seniors will be on Bosley's flanks in Duckworth and fellow guard Ben Grubbs.

Duckworth says he will be there for support and encouragement for the first-time starter. "Most definitely we have got to do that," he says. "I know how he feels. I remember my first year. We are going to be there with ‘Bos.' We know he can do good."

Duckworth says the offensive line is still trying to get better as the Tigers go into game six. "The truth is we aren't finishing blocks," he says. "That is all it is. Everybody needs to get a hat on a hat and just go all out every play."

LSU QB JaMarcus Russell is the SEC Offensive Player of the Week, Florida safety Reggie Nelson is the defensive honoree while Georgia's Charles Johnson is the top defensive lineman with Tennessee kicker James Wilhoit the special teams performer of the week.

Auburn, 3-0 in the SEC, is looking for its fourth straight victory over the Razorbacks, who were off last Saturday. This week's game will kick off shortly after 11 a.m. with television coverage on CBS.


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