Blackmon's Back: LB Has Big Game

Tray Blackmon returned to the lineup for Auburn's defense as the Tigers played a great defensive game vs. Arkansas.

Fayetteville, Ark.--Tray Blackmon's smile told the story of what kind of night the sophomore had just put together.

Back in the middle as the starting linebacker after missing most of the season, including last week's victory over Vandy, Blackmon said, "What happened in this game started on Tuesday in practice," he said. "We made up our mind we were going to come out here and stop their run, play hard and come home with a win."

That is exactly what happened, although the outcome was in doubt until the final seconds as Auburn defeated Arkansas 9-7 on Saturday night at Razorback Stadium.

Auburn kept Arkansas star running backs Darren McFadden and Felix Jones in check. McFadden gained just 43 yards on 17 carries. Jones gained 42 on six runs and the entire Arkansas team netted just 67 rushing yards, well off the pace of 338.4 yards per contest.

"I was full speed out there," said Blackmon, who has been trying to recover from an ankle injury he suffered in the opening night win vs. Kansas State. "I felt pretty good," he said.

Blackmon led the Tigers in tackles with six solos and three assists.

"This was a team win," Blackmon added. "The biggest thing is it shows how we are as a team. It took every part of this team to win the game--from special teams, from the defense to the offense. It shows, if we play as a team, as one, it is hard to beat us."

The Tigers have now won four straight games after starting the season 1-2. "I think it just took a couple of stumbling blocks to show us it is going to take all of of us to be success. The defense can't do it by themselves, the offense can't do it by themselves and neither can the special teams. It takes all three phases. That's football. If we play well in all three phases, it is going to be hard to beat us."

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