The return of key players hasn't been limited to the defense in recent weeks as the offense got a boost three weeks ago for the Florida game when injured wide receiver Montez Billings got back into the swing of things with several big catches against the Gators. Bothered by a strained hamstring suffered during the preseason, Billings says it's nice just to be on the field and helping the team after struggling with his health to begin the year.
"I have been waiting a long time, since my freshman year, to get out there," Billings says. "I have been watching the other receivers out there playing and it's finally my time. I really like it. It has been fun."
That Florida game worked wonders for the sophomore from Pelham, who responded with a big night against Arkansas on Saturday with a team-high five catches for 31 yards in the 9-7 win. He says that it's just a matter of having some success that has him playing well at the moment.
"It really built my confidence up to get some game experience," Billings says. "Now I go out there with a lot of confidence."
This week will be yet another big challenge for the Tigers as they travel to LSU at night with first place in the Western Division on the line. Facing a defense that is still among the best in college football, Billings says he expects a tough challenge for the Auburn offense and in particular the wide receivers. With an emphasis on stopping Auburn's running game, LSU is expected to stack the box and play tight coverage on the wide receivers outside. Billings says that's something they'll have to deal with and try to make plays when they've got the chance to do so.
"Arkansas put everybody in the box and we had man-to-man coverage on the outside," Billings says. "It's not the first time we've seen it."
The kickoff for Saturday night's game is scheduled for just after 8 p.m. and can be seen on ESPN.