First Iron Bowl Exciting For Trott

Auburn tight end Tommy Trott gives his perspective on the Iron Bowl and what it means to play in the game he grew up watching.

Auburn, Ala.--While there are many players who know the depth and importance of this Saturday's Iron Bowl game on both sides, it's doubtful that many have the feelings that Auburn redshirt freshman tight end Tommy Trott does as he heads into his first taste of the game.

The son of former Auburn player Marvin Trott, he is also the grandson of a former Alabama football player on his mother's side of the family. His mother also attended Alabama as well, making for some serious in-house discussions on game days growing up.

"We're kind of split down the middle," Trott says. "I was raised watching this game and I watched my mom and dad get in fights about the game when they were watching the game. I know how important this game is to our fans and how important it is to me. It's real different and real exciting."

Both teams come into the game looking for something positive to finish out the 2006 regular season. Last weekend Auburn lost big at home to Georgia while Alabama dropped its fifth game of the season on the road at LSU. Now what is always a big game becomes even bigger for two teams looking for momentum heading into bowl season.

"It's huge," Trott says. "This is what is going to make our season now. We had a chance to go undefeated and have national championship hopes, but those have fallen through.

"SEC hopes, I think those have fallen through. This is our season right here. Everyone on the team realizes that. If we lose this game people are going to remember us as the team that had potential but didn't live up to it. If we win this game hopefully they'll remember us as a team that came back after a tough loss and took it to Alabama. That's how we want to be remembered."

For that to happen the Tigers will have to play much better than they did last week against the Bulldogs when the offense struggled to get anything positive going. One of the players who must get involved this week is Trott who has had a solid first season with 10 catches and two touchdowns, but not the kind of impact many expected coming into the season based on his strong play in spring training.

Tommy Trott is a redshirt freshman from Montgomery who has seen extensive playing time with starter Cole Bennett missing most of the season with an injury.

Trott says the entire offense is looking to play better after last week and the first step in that is moving on.

"Games like that are real frustrating," he says. "There's not much you can do. Obviously we made some mistakes. We've corrected our mistakes and we're putting that game back. We don't even want to think about it. You don't want to keep that in the back of our mind. The game we've got coming up that can only hurt, really. Fix the mistakes and move on."

Looking for its fifth consecutive win in the series, Auburn is hoping to remain perfect in Tuscaloosa. That won't be an easy task this season because of the inconsistency the Tigers have shown.

"It's huge and it's going to get tougher and tougher every year," Trott says. "Putting five in a row up on Bama is not going to be easy and we know that. It's something we definitely want to keep going. When my dad was here I don't think he ever beat Alabama. I think he lost four straight. It would be fun if I could come in here and win four in a row.

"It's the rivalry game," he adds. "If you're going to talk about a rivalry game this is it. It's Auburn versus Alabama. This is what you came here for. You came here to play against Alabama. It's going to be the most intense week of practice and the most intense game. It's something I'm looking forward to."

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