Auburn Ends Looking to Pressure Snead

Auburn, Ala.--Defensive ends coach Terry Price says it will be important that the Tigers get pressure on Ole Miss quarterback Jevan Snead when Auburn travels to Oxford for a Southeastern Conference football game on Saturday.

"He is a very, very good player," Price says of the redshirt sophomore transfer from the University of Texas. "He is very accurate, a strong-armed kid who is more athletic than what most people think."

Snead is tied for the SEC lead in touchdown passes with a dozen and is fourth in total offense with 214.0 yards per game.

"We have got to keep him in the pocket, we have got to put pressure on him and obviously pressure is the key to shutting down or slowing down any kind of passing attack," the Auburn assistant coach says.

Price is expected to get one of his key pass rushers back this week, sophomore Antoine Carter, who has missed the last two contests with an ankle injury. How close to full speed Carter will be is still to be determined.

Antoine Carter

Overall, it has been a tough year health-wise for the defensive ends. Starters Antonio Coleman and Michael Goggans got off to strong starts, but have been slowed in recent weeks by injuries and haven't been as effective as they were early in the season.

A pair of freshmen the Tigers were hoping to get help from, Jomarcus Savage and Andre Wadley, were shut down early due to medical problems and are redshirting. The same is true with juco transfer Raven Gray, who is redshirting and rehabbing a knee problem.

Two other freshmen defensive linemen, Cameron Henderson from Shades Valley and Derrick Lykes from Chilton County, weren't deemed ready yet to play and are redshirting. "Both kids are working hard," Price says. "Both of those guys are blessed with some athletic ability. They want to be good football players.

Derrick Lykes is shown in an Auburn practice.

"Both of those kids have the right work ethic to be good football players," he adds. "Neither one of them are lazy or don't like to work. Both will stick their nose in there and fly around and work hard."

With the injuries at end, Gabe McKenzie moved from offense to defense in August and has seen significant playing time. "He has come along," Price says. "He is obviously a very athletic young man. It is tough when you don't go through spring practice and you really don't go through two-a-days (at his new position)...

"It has been a tough transition for him, but he has worked very, very hard," Price says of the junior. "He has studied off the field trying to understand where to line up and how to execute every defense so he has come along, but it is just a work in progress."

Coach Terry Price is in his 10th season with the Tigers.

The defense is coming off its worst game of the season at West Virginia as the Tigers prepare for an 11:30 a.m. contest at Ole Miss. The game will be televised regionally by Raycom Sports.

"We are very eager," says Price, who adds, "I think all our team, all of our players on defense, want to get back out there and get after Ole Miss and play Auburn football."

Premium Subscription Signup

Subscribe to Magazine Only


Inside The AU Tigers Top Stories