AU Defensive Coaches Have Reasons to Smile

Coaches Don Dunn and Terry Price comment on the play of AU's defensive front.

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn's defensive line coaches, Don Dunn and Terry Price, gave thumbs up ratings to the performances of the tackles and ends in Auburn's regular season finale.

The Tigers held Alabama to a season low total of 225 yards of total offense in Auburn's 17-10 victory over the Tide. It was a school-record sixth straight victory for Coach Tommy Tuberville's Tigers over Bama.

Josh Thompson was named SEC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance at noseguard. His position coach, Dunn, notes that the award is well deserved after being involved in a dozen tackles.

"I am real happy with Josh," Dunn says. "He probably had his best game since he has been an Auburn Tiger. I thought he did a real good job against the run, making plays inside the tackles.

"Pat Sims had a real productive game," Dunn says of the junior tackle. "He had a sack and half. He played hard and flew around out there. I played Jemarcus Ricks, and he he did well when he was in there.

"I didn't play Zach Clayton or Mike Blanc," Dunn adds. "I just didn't feel they were quite ready for what we were doing on defense and we didn't sub a lot because it was a cool night. Zach is coming off of an ankle injury so he will play a lot in the bowl game and so will Mike."

The Tigers are still awaiting word on their bowl destination. The most likely sites are Atlanta for the chick-Fil-A Bowl to play an Atlantic Coast Conference opponent or to Tampa to play the Wisconsin Badgers at the Outback Bowl.

"I was real pleased with them," Dunn says of the defensive line group as a whole. "I thought we did a good job against the run and we got pressure with our four-man front without blitzing a lot. I am happy with that."

Price, who coaches ends Quentin Groves, Sen'Derrick Marks and Antonio Coleman, agrees with Dunn about what he saw when watching video of the Iron Bowl.

"It was a solid performance," Price notes. "I thought the kids played with good effort and enthusiasm. They obviously played well enough to win. We are excited about winning the game and how we played up front."

In addition to the win over Alabama, the defensive coaches have reasons to smile looking at the overall season. Auburn is ranked number one in the SEC in scoring defense as the Tigers are giving up 16.7 points per game. LSU is number two at 20.1 points allowed per contest.

The Tigers are expected to return to the practice field on December 13th to begin bowl workouts. Prior to then they will concentrate on academics while doing strength and conditioning workouts with Coach Kevin Yoxall and his staff.

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