AU 27, USM 13 Game Notes, Part 1

News, notes and quotes are featured in this report on the Auburn football team's victory over the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles.

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn junior cornerback Jerraud Powers wrapped up a good week both on and off the field with a strong performance in Auburn's 27-13 victory over Southern Mississippi.

The preseason all-conference pick was was named the SEC Community Service Team Player of the Week featured on the Raycom Sports Telecast of the Auburn-Southern Mississippi game.

The Decatur, Ala., native has served as a featured speaker at the AU College of Education Truman Pierce Summer Institute, Creative Discovery Child Development Center Annual Tailgate Party and the Willie Whitehead Foundation Christmas Shopping Spree for underprivileged children.

On Saturday, he led his team in tackles with six solos and two assists and added an acrobatic catch for his team's first interception of the season.

Commenting on his interception, Powers said, "We were in quarters coverage. My job was not to give up the deep ball in my quarter of the field. I saw Deandre Brown coming over to my side and I knew that he was a big threat. I had a feeling they were trying to beat me deep."

Commenting on new defensive coordinator and secondary coach Paul Rhoads, Powers said, "We are are all starting to feel more confident as we go along. Coach is getting more confident with his players and his game calling. It's fun. He's gets excited on Saturdays like he has a helmet on."

In other news and notes from Auburn's 27-13 victory over Southern Miss:

*Wes Byrum's 52-yard field in the third quarter was the longest of his Auburn career. The sophomore's previous long was 49 yards last year against South Florida.

*On consecutive punts punts after Robert Dunn had a 65-yard punt return nullified by a blocking below the waist penalty, Southern Miss' punter Brent Barefoot attempted coffin corner efforts to keep the ball away from Dunn. The results were punts of 26 and 21 yards that went out of bounds about 20 yards from where the Auburn returner was waiting.

*When Dunn returned a Southern Miss punt 32 yards in the first quarter it moved him into sixth place in Auburn history for career punt return yards. The senior passed Roderick Hood, now a defensive back for the Arizona Cardinals in the NFL. Dunn has 628 career return yards.

*There were several firsts for Tigers Saturday. Sophomore defensive lineman Zach Clayton recorded his first college sack, defensive back Zac Etheridge had his first interception and sophomore linebacker Craig Stevens notched his first fumble recovery.

*With 87,451 tickets sold in attendance, it marked Auburn's third straight sellout going back to Alabama game to conclude the 2007 home season. The Tigers also sold out the 2008 opener against Louisiana-Monroe.

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