King Looking to Dethrone Gators

Junior offensive tackle King Dunlap talks about the quality Florida front seven he will be blocking on Saturday night.

Auburn, Ala.--Just a week after getting knocked out of the BCS title race and falling behind in the SEC West, King Dunlap and the Auburn Tigers will have a chance to dethrone the nation's new No. 2 team when Auburn and Florida kick off at 6:45 p.m. CDT.

It'll be a difficult battle in the trenches for Auburn's offense facing one of the top groups of defensive linemen and linebackers in the country.

"It'll probably be the best front seven we've seen and we'll probably see all year," Dunlap says. "The defensive line, they've got five or six guys up front that are good. And their linebackers are really good. It'll be a good test for us this week to see where we're at. We've got to rebound from last week."

Starting inside for the Gators are Marcus Thomas, who is back on the field after being suspended for three games earlier this year, and Joe Cohen, a good athlete who started his career in Gainesville as a fullback. At end are three of the bigger athletes Auburn will see at the position in Jarvis Moss (6-6 255), Ray McDonald (6-3 280) and Derrick Harvey (6-4 260).

"I think LSU had one guy who moved out to D-end that was pretty big, but we like them big," Dunlap explains. "The bigger they are the easier because you don't have to worry about speed as much. They're still pretty quick to be that big. With bigger guys you still have to do the same technique and the same thing coach (Hugh) Nall teaches us."

Linebackers Earl Everett and Brandon Siler are two of the better defenders in the league with a combined 379 career tackles. The Gators are second in the nation allowing just 9.5 points per game.

"It's definitely a challenge because we know they have one of the best defenses in the country," Dunlap says. "Their front seven is really good so we've got to play hard, play together and just play ball as a wall. Hopefully everything will work out for itself."


Dunlap has his own cheering section at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

With the way Auburn has struggled of late offensively it'll be difficult to have success running the football and protection Brandon Cox.

However, Dunlap says that it's been a point of emphasis lately to correct all of the mistakes the Tigers have made offensively and that they're due for a breakout perforance.

"We come out and keep working on our fundamentals during the week," he says. Coach Tubs (Tommy Tuberville) has us work extra on fundamentals in individual periods--getting back to the basics pretty much. That's what we've got to do because we haven't really been coming off the ball and doing our technique like we need to.

"We just haven't had our breakout game yet," he adds. "I couldn't say where it's coming from, but we just haven't played to our full potential all season. We thought it was going to happen last week, but it didn't. We've got to keep working hard and get better during the week and wait for our breakout game and reach our potential by playing hard, because it's coming."


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