"He is one of our leaders," says defensive ends coach Terry Price. "He showed leadership out there and the skills that made him a pretty good player for us."
Torbor, who sat out both the Western Carolina and Vanderbilt games because of an ankle injury, came through with one of the better defensive performances by an Auburn defensive end in recent years as he dominated the Mississippi State offensive line. A converted running back, Torbor has been a solid contributor in his first two seasons with 56 career tackles and five and a half sacks entering the 2002 season, but this was to be his year to explode.
After injuring nankle early against USC, he has struggled to get healthy and is still not 100 percent even after his performance against the Bulldogs. Torbor becomes the fourth Auburn defensive player to earn Player of the Week honors in the last three seasons.
"That was a big game for us," Torbor said of Auburn's 42-14 victory over Mississippi State that moved the Tigers to 2-0 in the SEC. "We knew it was important that we get a big rush on their quarterback. That was something we worked on all week."