Coleman Expects More From Tigers

Comments from Auburn defensive end Antonio Coleman are featured.

Auburn, Ala.--With a 1-2 record and a major tendency to self-destruct with turnovers, Auburn heads into game four vs. New Mexico State as a football team trying to find answers to the problems that have led to the disappointing start.

Redshirt freshman defensive end Antonio Coleman notes that despite the obvious shortcomings on offense, the defense has been responsible, too, for Auburn's slow start.

Pointing out that his Tigers went into the fourth quarter with a 14-13 lead, Coleman notes the defense didn't get the job done when the game was on the line in Saturday's 19-14 loss to Mississippi State in the SEC opener.

"We have just got to think about his loss and get refocused at practice this week," says Coleman, who had a sack and forced a fumble vs. the Bulldogs.

"Obviously, we made a lot of mistakes on defense and they came back to haunt us," he adds. "We have to correct those mistakes in practice."

The Tigers limited the Bulldogs to 213 yards of total offense, but visitors were able to make plays in key situations as Sylvester Croom's team converted 7-16 third downs against an Auburn defense that came into the contest allowing conversions on just 9-35 third down plays in the first two games.

Next on the schedule for the Tigers is a 6 p.m. home game vs. New Mexico State. The Aggies, 2-1, opened with a 35-14 victory over Southeastern Louisiana. They lost 44-34 at New Mexico before bouncing back at home on Saturday with a 29-24 home win over UTEP.

Does Coleman see any hope the Tigers will be better in week four as they face a team that is averaging just under 50 passes per game. "I think so, I really think so," he says. "The offense is coming along, I believe, but we have to all get better. We have to get out there and show the kind of improvements on the field that we need to win these games."

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