The senior defensive end says he is hurting for his team following a 30-24 loss to LSU, but he also says it was a relief to finally get back on the football field. Groves notes he was around 90 percent of full speed as he continues to recover from three dislocated toes.
"It does hurt to lose this game, but at the same time you have to move forward," he says. "We have a great opportunity to play Ole Miss next week and if we harp on this one we won't get better. Every guy on our team, we need to keep getting better. We need to learn from this one even though it hurts deep down inside."
Groves played as a reserve against fifth-ranked LSU and made three tackles with one sack, the 26th of his career, which ties him for first place in school history.
Groves sacks LSU quarterback Matt Flynn.
"Physically I felt pretty good out there," the senior says. "I ran around a lot and I felt good on the foot. The trainers did a great job of preparing me to get ready to play and they did a great job of taping it for the game. I just thank God I was able to run around like I was."
Unless LSU loses two more SEC games, an unlikely scenario, Auburn can't reach its goal of going to the SEC Championship Game. However, Groves isn't giving up on that idea.
"If we continue to get better and win out, you never know what will happen," he says. "LSU is a great team, but they still have more games they have to win."
"Jerraud has to forget about this one," Groves says of his teammate. "He is a great young corner and I think he is going to get better. All of us made mistakes. If we had played better throughout the game, it wouldn't have come down to one play. You have to give LSU some credit. They made a great play at the end of the game."