Bo Looking For Increased Role On Defense

Linebacker Bo Harris talks about his development as a defender and getting ready for New Mexico State.

Auburn, Ala.--This week the Auburn Tigers will face one of the country's top offensive attacks as Hal Mumme's New Mexico State Aggies Saturday night at 6 p.m. With a wide open attack that will often feature four or five receivers on the field, the Aggies present a different challenge for Coach Will Muschamp's charges.

"It's going to be a track meet," Auburn freshman linebacker Bo Harris says. "We just have to make sure we're well conditioned because we know they are going to throw the ball a lot. We know what they do and we have to be ready."

One of a group of linebackers that may not see much action this week because of Mumme's spread attack, Harris has been adding more to his repertoire each game this season. Currently listed behind Craig Stevens on the strong side, Harris is Auburn's most physical linebacker at the moment with both Tray Blackmon and Merrill Johnson out with injuries. He notes for him, things have been progressing slowly, but he's becoming more familiar with things every day out.

"Things are going pretty good," Harris says. "It's just that playbook. It's something serious. I have to get that down and I will be all right. The physical part is already there.

"I think I'm learning more and more every day," Harris adds. "If not then I don't think the coaches would really be looking at me too hard. I'm getting it down."

While Harris may not be called on this week to play a great deal because of the numbers of defensive backs the Tigers will use against the Aggies, he says that he'll have to bring an impact to the game any way he can. Early on this season that has been on the punt and kickoff teams.

"Special teams is very fun to do here," Harris says. "Doing special teams you can earn a spot on the field just by showing the coaches that you are physical and that you want to hit. It helped me earn a spot at linebacker."

With two consecutive losses weighing on their minds, the Tigers get back into action this Saturday looking to build some momentum heading into a tough stretch of games in the SEC that begins with a trip to Florida. For the defense it means putting behind them the last two games, where they've had a chance to hold on to late leads only to see them slip away.

"It was disappointing to lose but it was more disappointing to know that we went over everything they were doing at practice," Harris says. "We played our hearts out but we just didn't execute the way we were supposed to.

"We've still got nine more games," Harris adds. "That is out the window, the past. We've just got to learn how to forget. What is helping us pick things back up is that we know we don't play like this. This is not Auburn football. We just have to get it back together and we'll be back real soon. We're going to make a stand and have everybody back on our side again."

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