Auburn Freshman Has Busy First Start

Neiko Thorpe discusses his first collegiate start for the Tigers.

Auburn, Ala.--Neiko Thorpe went into his first college football start figuring that the Arkansas Razorbacks would be ready to attack the true freshman cornerback.

He didn't have to wait long for that to happen on Saturday evening as he filled in for injured starter Jerraud Powers. "Coming into the game, I knew they would be coming after me," he said.

Overall, the freshman noted he felt like he stepped up to the challenge despite his team's 25-22 loss to the Razorbacks. "I think I played well for the most part," he said.

For the game he had three solo tackles, four assists and returned an interception 59 yards.

He tied Craig Stevens for the third most tackles. Safety Mike McNeil was in on five solo stops with four assists while linebacker Josh Bynes had three solo tackles with six assists. Another linebacker, Chris Evans, had one solo tackle and seven assists.

"That interception was exciting," Thorpe said. "It was a good time for it to happen."

Thorpe said that Powers did his best to help Thorpe during the game. "He was there by my side," the freshman said. "If I had questions, I would tell them what they were running against me and he would tell me some things."

Thorpe and the Tigers fell to 4-3 with a second straight loss. Auburn is off this coming week and will next play a week from Thursday against a West Virginia team that defeated Syracuse on Saturday.

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