Bosley Bounces Back Quickly for Tigers

Auburn center Jason Bosley is a key member of Auburn's offensive line.

Auburn, Ala.--Center Jason Bosley was listed as questionable early in the week before Auburn's road trip to Arkansas. However, on Saturday night he was on the field for every offensive snap as the Tigers defeated Arkansas 9-7 to stay alive in the SEC West race.

There was nothing questionable about Bosley's desire to bounce back quickly from a knee sprain he suffered the previous week in a victory over Vanderbilt. The Auburn junior spent many hours with trainer Arnold Gamber before the road trip getting treatments to increase his chances of playing vs. the Razorbacks. He learned Friday night from offensive line coach Hugh Nall that he was scheduled to start if his knee was up to it the next day.

"I am not as sore as I thought I was going be," says Bosley, who is continuing to rehab the knee this week. "I am more stiff from playing and riding back on the plane. It was a six-hour trip getting back home."

Bosley is hoping to be part of the rehab process on the Auburn offense that didn't score a touchdown in the victory over Arkansas despite having a variety of opportunities to do that throughout the game.

"I think we just have to finish drives once we get into the red zone (20-yard line and in)," he says. "I thought we had done real well, especially in the last couple of games, of finishing our drives and scoring touchdowns. We just have to get back to doing that."

Although the offense didn't score a touchdown in Fayetteville, it held the football for 35 minutes and 53 seconds compared to 24 minutes and seven seconds for the Razorbacks, who came into the game leading the SEC in total offense and scoring. Bosley says that the Tiger offense helped the AU's cause by keeping Arkansas star running backs Darren McFadden and Felix Jones on the sideline much of the night.

"It's kind of like when playing Florida last year," Bosley says. "We didn't score many touchdowns, but we held the ball, we moved the ball and kept our defense fresh. When you are playing a good offense like Arkansas that can run like they do, keeping their offense off the field and keeping your defense fresh is huge."

Kickoff time for Saturday's game vs. LSU is 8 p.m. CST and it will be televised on ESPN with Mike Patrick, Todd Blackledge and Holly Rowe handling the television coverage. It will be the fourth ESPN appearance for the Tigers this year who won in matchups vs. Kansas State, Florida and Arkansas.

Freshman Ryan Pugh, who began the regular season as the number two center, has been the starting left tackle during Auburn's four-game winning streak. He had to be taken from the field with an ankle injury vs. the Razorbacks, but the sprain is not expected to be something that will keep Pugh sidelined for a long period of time. "It was good to find out it was nothing serious," says Bosley, who notes that Pugh has been busy rehabbing his sprain so he will be ready to play this week against an LSU team that is 6-1 overall, 3-1 in the SEC and ranked fifth nationally.

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