Big Weekend For Seniors, Prospects

Tommy Tuberville discusses what will be a busy weekend for the Auburn football program.

Auburn, Ala.--Tommy Tuberville said on Thursday that his football team is in "good spirits" as the Tigers put the finishing touches on their game plan for Saturday's rivalry home game vs. the Georgia Bulldogs.

The Auburn head coach noted that in addition to being a big game for Auburn fans, players and coaches, this will be a big weekend for recruiting. He also said it will be a big weekend for Auburn's seniors.

The Tigers are expected to play host to four prospects on official visits and more than a hundred prospects and suspects are expected to check out the Tigers on unofficial visits.

Prospects expected to be in Auburn this weekend include quarterback Kodi Burns from Northside High in Fort Smith, Ark., 2006 Auburn signee Chris Slaughter, a wide receiver from Fort Valley, Ga., who is attending Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia, defensive end Frank Alexander from Southern Lab School in Baton Rouge, La., and defensive lineman Ian Williams from Lyman High in Longwood, Fla.

"We have had a great year for recruiting in terms of commitments," Tuberville said. "Guys have made commitments to us early. Obviously, that is not binding so we will have to work on that.

"We are also going to do a lot of junior recruiting because where we are at in the next couple of months," the Auburn coach said. "We will try to get a jump on that for next year. It has been outstanding. We are still short in some areas at some certain positions, but I am real proud of where we are at and what our coaches have done."

Tuberville said the Tigers will likely bring in some prospects for official visits in December while the Tigers are preparing for a bowl game. Seniors on this year's team will be making their fourth consecutive bowl appearance this season.

Those seniors can also set a school record on Saturday for most victories in a four-year period. They currently have 39.

"It has been fun to watch these seniors prepare for their last home game in Jordan-Hare Stadium," Tuberville said. "They don't get nearly the respect that some teams would for some reason for what they have done. Since they have been here they are probably one of the winningest teams in SEC history as a senior class winning all of the games they have won. I am proud of them. They have done a good job.

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"It has been fun to watch them grow over four years. We want them to play well in their last home game. We challenged the underclassmen to think about that for the next couple of days as they are focusing and preparing for the game."

Tuberville said despite Georgia's 6-4 record, the Tigers are taking Saturday's game very seriously. "We could play good and still lose," he said. "That is the challenge of this game. They have got good football players. I don't care how many they have won or lost.

"When you play a new quarterback (Matthew Stafford), and he is going to be a heck of a player, he could play the best game of his career in this game. He has got all of the potential. He has got guys around him. They have great linemen. They have a lot of speed and quickness.

"This is one of those games that is going to be a big challenge for us, a big challenge for them. It is going to be an interesting game to watch."

In other news:

*Tailback Kenny Irons is still not back to full speed, but he will play.

*Starting safety Eric Brock (ankle sprain) missed practice again on Thursday and will not play vs. the Bulldogs, Tuberville said. Lorenzo Ferguson, who started last week at safety, is scheduled to be in the lineup vs. Georgia with Aairon Savage.

*Backup safety Tristan Davis will be a kickoff returner again this week after being out with a hamstring injury vs. Arkansas State.

*Tight end Cole Bennett is also out for the game.

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