Coming off a tough 45-20 loss at Georgia, the Tigers were a team lacking in confidence and struggled with the loss on Sunday and into Monday. That loss was put on the back burner by the end of the week though as three days of practice gave the team a chance to look forward to the annual Iron Bowl game against Alabama. Senior safety Eric Brock says in the game of football you've got to move on and that's what this team did last week.
"You've got to have a short term memory," Brock says. "Win or lose you've got to forget about the last game and focus on the next game. This is one is always big. It's one of the top rivalries in the nation. If you don't get geared up for this game there is something wrong with you. I know Alabama is going to come in here and play well. We're going to come out and do our thing as well."
With players banged up and bruised following 11 consecutive weeks of play, the off week was also huge because it helped the healing process. Brock says seeing guys getting back healthy is a huge lift for the team as it gets ready for Saturday's game.
"You can tell a lot of guys are getting treatment and getting better," he notes. "It looks like a lot of guys are moving better. We're going to just try to get better and focus on Alabama. That's our primary goal right now."
As a fifth-year senior, Brock has a chance to leave Auburn having never lost to his archrival, something that he says is sometimes a hard thing to grasp. Growing up with a father who played for Auburn in this rivalry, he notes just having the chance to go out a winner once again will take a lot of hard work this week.
"That would mean a lot to me growing up and watching this rivalry and knowing that my parents graduated from Auburn and I have graduated from Auburn," Brock says. "Auburn is in our blood. To go out and beat your rival, that's always going to be a special feeling. We know that's going to take an unbelievable effort from us. We know they're going to come here ready to play."
Brock makes a stop earlier this season at Jordan-Hare Stadium vs. Vandy.
As a major part of an Auburn secondary that enters the Alabama game off its worst performance of the season, Brock says he knows the Tigers will face a stern test against a very capable Alabama passing attack this week. The senior adds he's looking forward to one final chance to take on the Crimson Tide after missing last year's game with an injury.
"They've got great receivers in D.J. Hall and Matt Caddell," Brock says. "They're going to get those guys the ball any way they can. Parker (John Parker Wilson) is throwing it all around the field. We've just got to go out there and compete. That's our main goal.
"We want to make plays on the ball and have fun. You've got to relax in games like this. You can't be too uptight. It means a lot to all the seniors. This game is special to us and our fans as well.
"That's all you hear about, especially when you're from this state," Brock adds. "It's Auburn versus Alabama from elementary school all the way to high school. You're going to hear about the rivalry. It's very special for me and I know a lot of other guys on this team. Being from Alabama and being a senior, I didn't get the opportunity to play against them last year, this is my last opportunity against them. I'm going to be excited."