Tuberville Discusses Defensive, QB Play

Comments from Tommy Tuberville are featured after Auburn's SEC football loss to the Arkansas Razorbacks.

Auburn, Ala.--After being burned by the option last year against the Razorbacks, Tommy Tuberville decided the Tigers needed a new approach on defense for the Arkansas game.

Despite the change in style, the final score was nearly identical to last year's 42-17 setback as the Razorbacks came into Jordan-Hare Stadium and took a 38-17 victory over Auburn.

"We were trying to be aggressive on the ball," Tuberville said. "We sat back last year and didn't make plays. This year, we tried to be aggressive and overran the football. In hindsight, I just got us lined up in the wrong things."

Arkansas improved its record to 1-2 in the SEC and 4-2 overall while Auburn slipped to 2-1 in the SEC and 4-2 overall. "There is something about the offense they run that gives us a little bit of a problem," Tuberville said.

Arkansas racked up 492 total yards on the Tigers, including 426 on the ground. On offense, Auburn hurt itself with three first half turnovers with two Daniel Cobb interceptions and a fumble by the senior quarterback. Tuberville said he wants to take the heat for the team's poor performance.

"These kids are playing as hard as they can play," he said. "It is not their fault. It is mine. I am picking the guys to play. We are trying to put this thing together. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don't. It has worked most of the time up to this point, but today it didn't work."

Cobb started the game and said his ankle injury, which caused him to miss a week of practice, was no factor. He said he didn't even think about it.

Daniel Cobb runs the ball just before his first quarter fumble Saturday.

Tuberville said he and the staff will do more thinking on the QB situation, but it will be surprising if Cobb doesn't start ahead of Jason Campbell next week vs. Florida. "We will look at it," Tuberville said. "Neither one of them did a whole lot consistently. We moved the ball. Heck, we had 400 yards of offense. Again, three turnovers is devastating. You can't turn the ball over to a running football team. When you do that it takes two or three possessions away because they are going to run time off the clock. That is what it came down to.

"They were giving us different looks," Tuberville added. "They are a multiple front defense. Jason is not ready for that. I keep telling everybody he is not ready for it and obviously when he goes in the game we are not able to get from a bad play to a good play. That is the reason why Daniel is more important right now because he has got a little more knowing how to run this offense. We saw what happened when we put Jason out there. We didn't do any better.

"It all goes back to me though. I am the guy who has to take the blame for how we played. We had two weeks off and they played six overtimes. We have got to play better than that. When it comes down to it we are playing at home and we have got to get our crowd involved. I didn't do that. It is not these kids' faults. They played their heart out. I got us lined up in the wrong position and I called the wrong plays."


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