AU Senior Looking Ahead, Not Back

A report on the Auburn football team's next SEC game features comments from cornerback Patrick Lee.

Auburn, Ala.--Patrick Lee says a week like this one for the Auburn football team is the time when senior leadership is most needed.

The cornerback doesn't deny that falling 30-24 at LSU and losing the inside track to the SEC Championship Game is a major kick to the gut for the 2007 Tigers.

However, says with another SEC game coming up this Saturday at 5 p.m. vs. the Ole Miss Rebels, it's time to worry about something the Tigers can control.

"The seniors on this team we talk about the need to be leaders and we do it all of the time," Lee says. "This is one of those times when we have to keep everybody's confidence up. We have to let them know that we believe in them and we are going to win the rest of our games."

Auburn is currently 5-3 overall and 3-2 in the SEC after seeing its four-game winning streak ended at LSU on Saturday night on the final play of the game.

Winning the rest of the regular season games would give the Tigers a 9-3 overall record and a 6-2 SEC mark plus a bowl bid. The conference record is unlikely to be good enough to get to the league championship game unless LSU loses twice down the stretch, a highly unlikely scenario.

Lee says he is not giving up on reaching the championship game, but notes that his attention is focused on the Ole Miss Rebels, who hung with a heavily favored Auburn team for four quarters last year in Oxford before losing 23-17. "It was a tough game, but we still pulled it off though," Lee recalls.

Looking at this year's Ole Miss team, Lee says he has watched video of the offense and notes the Rebels have weapons like running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis, quarterback Seth Adams and wide receivers Mike Wallace and Shay Hodge.

"They are a good running team," Lee says of the Ole Miss team that averages 113.5 rushing yards per contest and 235.6 through the air. "They also have good deep ball threats at wide receiver so we are going to have to be ready."

Green-Ellis has carried the football 159 times for 785 yards this season. He is averaging 4.9 yards per carry and has scored twice.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis

Adams has completed 141-247 passes for 1,720 yards and 12 touchdowns. He has been intercepted 14 times with four coming last week vs. Arkansas. Adams was benched after his fourth pick vs. the Razorbacks and the lone touchdown came when Brent Schaeffer hooked up with Wallace for a 37-yard touchdown pass.

The Razorbacks added insult to injury by matching that score 36 seconds later on a 48-yard touchdown pass of their own to end the score with six minutes left in the game.

Mike Wallace is averaging a very impressive 21.8 yards on his 30 receptions and has scored five touchdowns from his wide receiver spot. Shay Hodge has 31 catches for 360 yards nad three scores.

Kickoff time for the contest is 5 p.m. with the only television coverage being a pay per view telecast.

Auburn is looking a fourth consecutive victory over the Rebels and a third straight vs. teams coached by Ed Orgeron, whose Rebels suffered their most lopsided loss since the 2000 season when Arkansas bounced back from a home loss to Auburn to whip the Rebs 44-8 in Oxford.

Ole Miss, a 27-24 loser to Alabama prior to playing Arkansas, will be trying to avoid a third straight SEC loss when the Tigers and Rebels square off for the 32nd time on Saturday. Auburn leads the series 23-8 and holds a 10-2 advantage in games played in Auburn.


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