Groves Says Conditioning Paid Dividends

Auburn, Ala.--Quentin Groves, whose sack on quarterback Josh Freeman set up an insurance touchdown with 1:11 to play in Auburn's victory over Kansas State, says that "Yoxercise" played a role in his team's fourth quarter comeback.

The Tigers entered the fourth period of their season opener trying to rally from a 13-6 deficit and managed to do that with two late touchdowns. Groves says the conditioning work the Tigers do, led by strength coach Kevin Yoxall, showed in the final minutes.

"We take pride in what we do," Groves says of the defensive front, which turned up the pressure on the Kansas State offense during Auburn's comeback. "We feel like we are the most in shape D-Line in the country. So in the fourth quarter we are rushing as hard as we are in the first quarter."

Quentin Groves spent his summer on campus working out with his teammates.

Facing a quarterback who had a hot hand passing the the football, the defensive front changed the momentum with its pressure on the sophomore passer.

"He's a big guy who stays poised," Groves says of Freeman. "I was surprised at his poise. He has confidence and did a great job of managing the game. He led his team on some key drives and did what he had to do to be successful."

A big play involving Groves and Freeman sealed the victory for the Tigers as the Auburn senior defensive end's sack also jarred the football loose. Fellow defensive end Antonio Coleman picked up the football and raced 34 yards for a touchdown, giving the Tigers a 23-13 lead with 1:11 left in the game.

That helped the Tigers win on a night in which the offense scored just one touchdown.

"Our offense is going to be a great bunch before it's all said and done," Groves predicts. "Once we establish what we have to on defense, they'll establish what they have to on offense. It all works together."

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