Tuberville: Time To Move On

Auburn head football coach Tommy Tuberville says that the game against Florida this week comes at a good time for his team.

Auburn, Ala.--Then No. 2 Auburn got thumped 27-10 by Arkansas on Saturday and must now turn around and prepare for the nation's new No. 2 team according the to the AP Poll, the Florida Gators.

Saturday's loss was a tough pill to swallow for the Auburn players, but head coach Tommy Tuberville says that this week is a good time to play a highly-ranked team.

"You definitely don't have time to linger and worry about the past," Tuberville says. "Our seniors talked today in the senior meeting and that was exactly what was brought up. Several of our seniors brought up that they would rather play somebody like this coming up that would get their mind off of (the loss).

"If you ask me as a coach I think it's probably good that we've got to play somebody that we've really got to focus on to have an opportunity to be successful without lingering all week and worrying about the past."

Auburn came into the game against Arkansas with talk surrounding the team about the national title and the possibility of going undefeated for the second time in three years, but now the team must move on and accept the loss quickly before it suffers another defeat.

"They're disappointed in the loss and disappointed that we didn't play nearly as good as we could have," Tuberville notes. "That's what's frustrating--we had good practices during the week. But Arkansas came in and played a heck of a game. You can't take that away from them. There are two teams out there and they had something to say about it.

"We're very disappointed," he adds. "As coaches we've got to try to make sure they get over that as quickly as possible. That's our job for the next couple of days. We can't let it linger knowing we've got one of our biggest tests of the year coming up Saturday."

* In addition to Joe Cope and Cole Bennett being out of action for the upcoming weeks, backup tailback Brad Lester may miss the game against Florida. "We had one injury," Tuberville says of the Arkansas game. "Brad Lester injured his leg and I don't know if he's going to practice this week or play. We're just going to have to wait and see."

* Jason Bosley and Jonathan Palmer played at center in place of Cope against Arkansas. Tuberville says that Bosley is the likely starter against Florida.

* Tray Blackmon, who has missed the first six games of the year because of a suspension, will return to action at weakside linebacker against Florida. "We'll give him a chance," says Tuberville. "We'll give him the opportunity to see what he can do in practice."

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