Tigers Beginning Preparations for Ole Miss

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Auburn, Ala.--After arriving home early Friday morning from a disappointing Thursday night loss to West Virginia and taking the day off on Saturday, Auburn's players will be back on the football field for a Sunday evening practice as they begin on-the-field preparations for this week's road trip to Ole Miss.

Kickoff time from Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford will be shortly after 11:30 a.m. as the 4-4 Tigers take on the 4-4 Rebels, who held on for a 23-21 SEC victory on Saturday night at Arkansas.

The win over his former team improved the Rebels to 2-3 in the SEC under their first-year head coach Houston Nutt. Auburn will also bring a 2-3 league mark into this week's game.

"We have just got to finish games," says Auburn offensive lineman Mike Berry, who made his first start of the season vs. the Mountaineers. "We have led all eight games going into the half. We just have to finish."

Commenting on his team's state of mind, Berry says, "Of course, we are kind of down about losing, but we are going to get back to work."

Junior Mario Fannin agrees with Berry about the need to be consistent throughout an entire game. "We came out and played pretty good early against West Virginia," he says. "For us the key to being successful is finishing."

Senior Jason Bosley says he isn't sure why the Tigers are struggling on offense in the second half. "We played great in the first half," says Bosley, who made the move back to center from tackle for the West Virginia game.

"We just have to play a full game, four quarters, and find a way to finish so we have to just keep getting better," he says. The senior adds that the offense has been working in practice to make improvements. "We just have to take the next step and play four quarters instead of two," he says.

Another senior, running back Brad Lester, says the Tigers played with confidence in the first half vs. West Virginia as they built a 17-3 lead in the second quarter, but notes he didn't see that same confidence when the Mountaineers rallied for the 34-17 victory in the second half. "We just have to fix the problem and get better," he says.

This week's game vs. the Rebels will be televised regional by Raycom Sports.


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