Auburn Safety Enjoying Big D

Freshman safey Aairon Savage, whose older brother Antwone Savage played in the 2002 Cotton Bowl with Oklahoma, talks about his trip to Dallas.

Dallas, Tex.--It's been a good year for freshman safety Aairon Savage. He redshirted last season at cornerback, moved to safety in the spring, earned a starting job by the first game of the season against Washington State and was named a first team All-SEC freshman by the coaches. He finished the regular season with 48 tackles, good for third on the team.

"It's been a fun year," Savage says. "Any time you can play in the SEC on the big stage with 10 other guys who are willing to help you all day, every day, and a coaching staff that is behind you, it's exciting."

Even though there aren't rollercoasters galore, theme parks like SeaWorld as there are in Orlando or the nightlife like in New Orleans, many Auburn players have cited Dallas as their favorite bowl city.

"It's going great and I love it out here," Savage explains. "I've been to Dallas before, but being out here seeing the sites with the team has been great.

"We went to the Main Event and I had a ball bowling, the laser tag and all of the games. That was pretty fun. They had a bowling alley up front, laser tag in the back, basketball games and video games all around."

The following night, Savage, a fan of the NBA Phoenix Suns because Steve Nash, Amare Stoudemire and Shawn Marion, got to go to his first NBA game and see his team play in a thriller against the Dallas Mavericks. The Mavs won in the final seconds with Dirk Nowitzki knocking down a long jumper for the 101-99 victory.

Savage has a bright future at Auburn.

As for football, Savage says that he and his teammates have had solid practices at Gerald J. Ford Stadium on the Southern Methodist campus while preparing for the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

"They've got a lot of good athletes on the offensive side of the ball," Savage says of the Cornhuskers. "It's a West Coast Offense and they do a good job of what they do. It's very similar to what we go up against every day in practice with our first team offense. It's a great benefit especially with the motion and shifting. It gives you a head up because we've seen it before.

"Like Coach (defensive coordinator Will Muschamp) said," Savage adds, "the key to the ball game is stopping the run. If we can stop the run then we can keep them one dimensional and go from there."

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