Busy Brock: Time to Look Ahead

Comments from one of the most experienced members of Auburn's football team are featured.

Auburn, Ala.--Fifth-year senior Eric Brock and his teammates will return to the practice Sunday to begin preparations for Auburn's SEC opener this Saturday against the Mississippi State Bulldogs.

The safety says after suffering a gut-wrenching 26-23 overtime loss to South Florida the Tigers can't let one loss lead to another.

"In this league you can't just sit here and pout about one game," he says. "Of course, our objective is to win it all. When you lose one game, you've got to let it go and move forward. If you sit here and think about it, that means you're not getting ready for the next game. Our job is to get better. We're going to break down the film, see our mistakes and try to correct them."

Brock, a reserve in game one, is a returning starter from last season's 11-2 team, but lost his starting job to redshirt freshman Zac Etheridge. He joined Etheridge in the starting lineup on Saturday night vs. the Bulls when Aairon Savage (ankle sprain) was held out of the contest.

Brock finished tied for second on the team with Sen'Derrick Marks for total tackles with 10. The safety had six solo stops, four assists, broke up one pass and had one tackle for lost yardage.

The senior notes that Michael McNeil also saw some prime time action "We had Michael (Mike McNeil), a true freshman, come in there and play well with some solid playing time," Brock says. "Merrill Johnson went down at linebacker and we had guys step up and play their guts out."

Kickoff for Saturday's game from Jordan-Hare Stadium is 11:30 a.m. with television coverage on LFS. Mississippi State will bring a 1-1 record into the contest after winning 38-17 at Tulane.

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