No Regrets For Tiger Senior

A football report is featured on an Auburn player having a strong season for Coach Tommy Tuberville's Tigers.

Auburn, Ala.--Ben Grubbs has played a lot of good football as a three-year starter for the Auburn Tigers. With his collegiate playing days drawing near their end, the 6-3, 305-pound senior from Eclectic is playing his best football.

Considering how well the offensive guard performed last year as a junior, his current level of play is very good indeed.

"I think this is by far my best year," he tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "My first year I was just trying to feel my way around. My second year, what I thought I knew I didn't know. This year I finally put everything together.

"Even this past summer I would come over here and watch film on Saturday and work on my pass sets to make sure I had everything down," he notes. "I didn't want to leave any stones unturned. It really paid off. I go on the field making sure I have no regrets. I want to play hard and make sure I give my teammates everything I have."

Grubbs is shown during a summer workout prior to his senior year.

Twice this season Grubbs has been named SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week. He earned that honor for his performance in Auburn's victory over LSU and did it again last Saturday with a near perfect grade of 99 vs. Arkansas State. "I am just thankful they recognized my performance on the field and I am just going to keep up the good work," he says.

"That is the highest I have ever graded," Grubbs says. "It seemed like I was just doing everything right. My teammates helped me out a lot as far as some of the double-teams I had. It was all a team effort."

On the subject of team, Grubbs is hoping the Tigers have a great performance or two left with at least three games remaining on the schedule starting with Saturday's home contest vs. the Georgia Bulldogs.

"We still haven't broken out, I think," Grubbs says when discussing the 2006 offense. "We are winning, but we still haven't blown anybody off the field yet like we are capable of doing."

Grubbs notes that he really enjoys the big games and says that he is looking forward to his last chance to play in the SEC's oldest rivalry when the Bulldogs come to Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 11:30 a.m. CST.

Last year Auburn rallied for a 31-30 victory in Athens by converting a fourth down and 11 pass to set up John Vaughn's winning field goal after QB Brandon Cox converted a fourth down on a pass to wide receiver Devin Aromashodu.

"Those are the games you will remember for ever," Grubbs says with a smile. "You will be able to tell your kids you played in that game. I can't explain the feeling I had last year when Devin caught that ball going across the middle. It just left me in awe. I didn't know what to think. It was just a rush."

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