Sunday Football Notes

News, notes and quotes from Tommy Tuberville on Sunday.

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn finds itself a disappointing 7-4 overall and 4-3 in the SEC following the 45-20 loss in Athens to Georgia. It was just the Tigers third loss in Sanford Stadium since 1983.

"We're obviously disappointed with how the game turned out last night," says head coach Tommy Tuberville. "It was a game that we prepare for almost daily for 365 days. It's just one of those where we didn't play that well, didn't coach that well and we have no excuses. Georgia came to play and did a good job. It was a game of mistakes for us."

Brandon Cox threw four interceptions for the third time in his career--against Georgia Tech in 2005, Georgia in 2006 and now Georgia in 2007.

It's the second consecutive blowout loss to Georgia, but the Tigers will be shooting for their sixth consecutive victory over the other big rival, Alabama, on Nov. 24. Auburn has an off week, its first of the season, while the Crimson Tide play Louisiana-Monroe on Nov. 17.

"We won't talk anything about the previous 11 ball games," Tuberville says. "They understand that. We talk to them all year long about Alabama and the importance of it. That was just another ball game yesterday. This one coming up is not just another ball game. This is the one that counts for Auburn, we know that, and we usually play pretty good in it. Fortunately for us we've got a week off to go back to the basics and do some things.

"Those 11 games are over," he continues. "We didn't play as good and we could have won a couple more, but of course we could have lost a couple more. We've got a team that I think has gotten better most of the year. This past game it didn't look like it, but we've improved in most parts and we know we've got to do a lot better. We'll have a plan, we'll get our players back and we'll start working tomorrow on Alabama."

It's been a long season for the Tigers in more ways that just playing 11 consecutive games. However, the physical health of the team is decent and kick returner Tristan Davis may be ready for Alabama (foot).

"There were no new injuries," Tuberville notes. "We'll have a better eye on that come Tuesday. Just a few players came in today. The players have off today and we'll watch film tomorrow and start back on Tuesday.

"He's running full speed straight ahead," he adds of Davis. "He's got to work some soreness out in his cuts. We just talked about Tristan a few minutes ago in staff meeting he starting to look pretty good. I want him to be 100 percent this time. Last time he was about 95 percent. He's a speed guy. He needs his legs and his feet to make it work for him and we're not going to rush it. We'll leave it all in his hands and in the trainers' hands. I think he's got a great chance to get back on the practice field by the end of the week."

Several players who had missed action in recent weeks played against Georgia including Brad Lester, Ryan Pugh, Merrill Johnson, Bo Harris, Zac Etheridge, Aairon Savage and Wes Byrum. Craig Stevens did not play versus Georgia and is possible for Alabama.


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