Defensive Back Eager to Play Against Tide

One of Auburn's key players discusses why this week's football game is very important.

Auburn, Ala.--Defensive coordinator and secondary coach Will Muschamp says it is "50-50" whether or not starting safety Eric Brock will be physically ready to play this week in the regular season football finale vs. Alabama.

Brock says he is doing everything possible to make it happen with a heavy rehab schedule on his ankle sprain.

"It is coming along well," he says of the injury. "It really is. Taking that week off helped me out a lot. I have been staying off it and getting treatment.

"I ran well today," he notes. "I was kind of pleased with myself. I think Arnold (trainer Arnold Gamber) was very happy. He seemed excited about it."

Brock is fourth on the team in tackles with 45 despite missing the Georgia game. He has two interceptions and six deflected passes.

Eric Brock suffered an ankle sprain in Auburn's game nine victory over Arkansas State.

As his team returned to the practice field on Sunday evening to begin preparations for Saturday's game at Alabama, Brock worked with the team trainers on running.

"It would mean a lot to play this week, especially with this being my last game to play at Alabama," the former Benjamin Russell High standout says. "Growing up in the state of Alabama watching this game, it means a lot and I want to be out there so badly and I want to be with my teammates."

Brock says he especially wants to help this year's senior class get its 40th victory to set a new school record for a four-year period.

"Any time you have guys have who worked that hard you want to help them as much as possible," he notes. "Being a junior, I want to really be there for them and support them, especially one of my good buddies, Marquies Gunn. I really want to see them go out on top."

Gunn played football with Brock in Alex City and is a starting defensive end for the Tigers.

Auburn and Alabama will play Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa in a 2:30 p.m. contest that will be televised by CBS.

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