Bynes: "We're going to bounce back"

Auburn sophomore linebacker Josh Bynes discusses the loss to Arkansas and the mood of the team heading into the off week.

Auburn, Ala.--While there weren't many bright spots for the Auburn Tigers in a 25-22 loss to Arkansas, one of those was sophomore linebacker Josh Bynes. Tied for the team lead with nine tackles, Bynes also had two for losses and an interception return for 31 yards. Even with those impressive numbers, Bynes says it doesn't mean anything in the long run.

"I guess I had a pretty good game," Bynes says. "I'm not really worried about me. I'm worried about this team. Defensively we need to do better next week. We have to take this bye week and get fresh and prepare for the upcoming game."

Even with Bynes playing well the Auburn defense didn't live up to its billing against the Razorbacks, allowing 416 yards of total offense including 176 on the ground to Michael Smith. Bynes says you just have to hand it to Smith because he did a great job running the football.

"He was executing well," Bynes says. "He was hitting the right holes. He was doing what he is supposed to do out there on the field as a running back.

"They were just executing well offensively when they were running the ball," he adds. "That's all I can say about that. We've got to go in there and wrap up. Unfortunately he got the yards he did. He ran the ball hard."

One of the problems for Auburn's defense Saturday was the fact that several top performers were banged up. Missing cornerback Jerraud Powers with players such as Sen'Derrick Marks, Michael Goggans, Craig Stevens and Tray Blackmon all hampered with injuries, it didn't help things that the Auburn offense struggled to keep the football in the first half. On the field for over 20 minutes in the first stanza, Bynes says while that could be used as an excuse he doesn't think it mattered.

"It's not frustrating at all," Bynes says. "I look forward to it. I love being on the field. As a defense we love being out there. The emotion and adrenaline keeps us going."

With an off week coming up before taking to the road to face West Virginia, Bynes says that things could obviously be much better for his team than having a 4-3 record. Even with the problems he notes that the team has to remain positive and work hard to right the ship heading down the homestretch of the 2008 season.

"The season isn't going down the drain," Bynes says. "Unfortunately we've got two losses back to back. We're going to bounce back. We're Auburn. We're not going to let this be the end to our season. We've still got time. We've still got plenty of positive things to get to."


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