When the Tigers and Tide square off a week from Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium, a big key to victory for the Tigers will be the same as it was in the previous two Iron Bowl games, the defensive end says.
In 2005, the Tigers sacked then Tide quarterback Brodie Croyle 11 times, setting a school record in the process. Last season, a pair of second quarter sacks by Quentin Groves led to fumbles by TD QB John Parker Wilson that Auburn recovered, sparked the Tigers to a victory in Tuscaloosa.
"It is really important," Marks says of the pass rush on Wilson. "I think they probably throw the ball more than anybody in the league. He is going to throw it. He has got a great arm. We have seen a lot of plays he has made and he has great receivers who are going to go up and make plays.
"They have got a good OL that is going to sit there and give him time so it is very important for us to get a pass rush and just try to put a little pressure on him to make him reset his feet or just do anything to throw him off--if not he is going to complete passes."
The Auburn defense has been the strength of the 2007 team, but late in the third quarter last Saturday at Georgia the Tigers had their first major defensive collapse allowing Georgia to rally from a 20-17 deficit to win going away, 45-20.
"I don't really know what happened, but we have put that behind us and are going on to the next week," Marks says.
The redshirt sophomore from Mobile says he believes the Tigers, with an extra week to prepare for the Tide, have done a good job in practice this week of getting focused on the Iron Bowl.
"It is hard," he says of trying to get over the surprising loss to Georgia. "I know it is hard for me. I took it personally because the way we lost the year before and coming back back, but once that game was over there was nothing we could do about it except come back, watch film and correct our mistakes. Once we did that, I know I put that game behind me."
The Tigers will take Friday and Saturday off before returning to the practice field on Sunday.
Alabama will play Louisiana-Monroe this Saturday while Auburn has its first off-week of the season. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN with kickoff set for shortly after 7 p.m. Nov. 24th at Jordan-Hare Stadium.