Senior Hoping for Big Finish in Big D

Comments from Auburn football senior Ben Grubbs are featured.

Auburn, Ala.--For Ben Grubbs the opportunity to win an 11th game would be an exciting way to finish his Auburn football career.

The three-year starter at offensive guard and his fellow seniors will be in Dallas on New Year's Day for a matchup with the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the Cotton Bowl.

"It would mean a lot, especially being our last game and going out on a top," he says. "An 11-win season is great. Not many teams win that many games. I think being the winningest senior class in Auburn history is a great accomplishment. Going out with 11 wins would be the icing on the cake."

Auburn hasn't played the Cornhuskers since 1982, two years before Grubbs was born. "I really don't know too much about them," he says. "Saturday night was the first time I have seen them play. I am sure they don't know too much about us either. I think it should be pretty evenly matched up."

Nebraska will bring a 9-4 record into the contest while the Tigers are 10-2. It will be Auburn's second appearance in the Cotton Bowl. The Tigers lost there to Texas A&M 21 years ago.

"From what I hear it is a pretty good bowl so I am fired up about it as long as we get the most money possible," Grubbs says. The players receive mileage allowances for their travel to the game. The longer the distance from Auburn the more the travel allowance. "We always look forward to that," Grubbs says with a smile.

This year's trip will be Auburn's seventh straight bowl appearance. The Tigers will try to bounce back from a disappointing showing in last season's loss in Orlando to Wisconsin.

"For whatever reason, last year we just didn't get it done," Grubbs says. "I think we prepared well. I think the coaches put us in the best situations possible. I think we have just got to take it upon ourselves to execute better and, I guess, play harder. I don't know what it was, but I don't think it will be the same outcome this year."

Ben Grubbs is shown during a Tiger Walk this season.

Grubbs says he isn't sure why the Tigers played so poorly vs. the Badgers. "Whatever it was, we just didn't get the job done last year."

Commenting on this year's game, Grubbs says. "I heard Dallas is a pretty good place to go. I heard there are a lot of things to do. Playing Nebraska, I think, will be exciting.

"Watching them on television I really focused in on their defense," he adds. "They have got a pretty active defense. They have got speed and some size too them. Their defensive line looked athletic. It will be a good challenge for us on the offensive line."

The Tigers haven't practiced since wrapping up the regular season with a victory over Alabama. Tommy Tuberville will have his players back on the field on Dec. 14th.

"It has been great getting a chance to rest our legs," Grubbs says. "We have still been lifting weights and still running to stay in shape. I am loving the time off."


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