Game Notes And Quotes From USC Contest

Comments from the head Auburn football coach and one of his young starters are featured.

Los Angeles, Calif.--Tommy Tuberville said he expects to see an improved football team as the season progresses despite a tough opening night loss to the Southern California Trojans.

"There are a lot of good things that I saw out there," the head coach said. "We have got a lot going for us. We just have to regroup. We knew this would be tough coming all of the way out here playing against a good football team with a fifth-year senior quarterback and they did a good job. They have a football team that is going to win a lot of games.

"Now we know what to work on and I think our guys got a little bit of confidence," Tuberville added. "And, some of the younger guys played."

The Tigers started a pair of true freshman wide receivers with Devin Aromashodu and Ben Obomanu making the start. Aromashodu said it was an exciting although very disappointing debut that he will long remember.

"The biggest surprise to me was just how loud it was out there on the field," he said. "I had a hard time hearing the quarterback."

Auburn played six other true freshmen with Anthony Mix playing receiver, Troy Reddick working at guard and T.J. Jackson playing noseguard. Running back Tre Smith returned a kickoff 20 yards and was joined on special teams by safety Will Herring and linebacker Tyrone Martin.

Aromashodu predicts the Tigers will bounce back this week. "We will be ready to play on Saturday," he said.

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