Growing Experience for Auburn Freshman

Defensive end Antoine Carter discusses his season and this week's game vs. Ole Miss.

Auburn, Ala.--As the Auburn Tigers head into the final four games of their 12-game regular season football schedule, true freshman Antoine Carter says it is time to finish on a hot streak.

"We are looking forward and not back," he says. "I think we are going to play well this Saturday vs. Ole Miss and I really think we are going to win the rest of our games. We want to do that for the seniors."

If the Tigers do bounce back from a tough 30-24 loss at LSU last week, Carter will likely play a role in his team's success. Going back to two-a-days in preseason, he showed the ability to rush the passer while playing with a high level of intensity. That has helped him avoid a redshirt season. He had made 12 tackles, including 1 1/2 sacks and four total tackles lost lost yardage, and has been credited with five quarterback hurries.

When the season began, Carter was a true freshman who was undersized and just about underage for playing defensive end in the always rugged SEC. However, the 2007 signee has grown into an important role with Coach Tommy Tuberville's Tigers even though he won't be 18 years old until December.

"I have improved a lot since I first came here," says Carter, who signed with the Tigers in February after playing at Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., last season.

"I have improved a lot on my run defense," he adds. "I have been working on my pass rush. I have got that down, but it could be better. There is always room for improvement."

In addition to a growing role with the team, he has literally been growing physically on a month by month basis since arriving on campus in the summer.

"I came in at 215 pounds and now I am up to 243," the six-foot-four defensive end says. "I have been working out with my conditioning coach, Coach (Kevin) Yoxall, eating well and taking supplements to help me gain weight."

Carter and the Tigers will be looking to supplement their win column this week as Auburn goes for a fourth straight victory in its series vs. Ole Miss. The teams will square off at 5 p.m. CDT at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Ole Miss is 2-6 overall and 0-5 in the SEC while Auburn is 5-3 overall and 3-2 in the conference.

The game is available on a pay per view basis in the states of Alabama and Mississippi, plus Memphis, Tenn., to cable subscribers, DirecTV and Dish Network users. Other satellite dish order can be order it by calling 1-800-TV-STARS. Andy Burcham will do the play by play coverage with Cole Cubelic the analyst.

Auburn, which is ranked 23rd in the AP and coaches polls, leads the series 23-8.

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