Tigers Beginning Preparations for UGA

A report on the Auburn football team is featured with comments from Coach Tommy Tuberville.

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn turned its attention to its oldest rival on Sunday with the Georgia Bulldogs coming to Jordan-Hare Stadium this week and the news on the injury front was good for the Tigers, Coach Tommy Tuberville said.

Jason Bosley, the starting center, could miss a couple of days of practice after re-injuring his ankle in Auburn's 37-20 victory over Tennessee-Martin. However, he is scheduled to be back in the starting lineup for Saturday's 11:30 a.m. game that will be televised regionally on Raycom Sports.

Tristan Davis, who had his second kickoff return of the season for a score, played with a sore hamstring, but will be ready to play vs. Georgia, the coach noted. Davis leads the SEC in kickoff returns with his average of 30.9 yards.

Three defensive line starters who missed the Homecoming game on Saturday with injuries will play vs. Georgia, Tuberville said. Sen'Derrick Marks, Antonio Coleman and Tez Doolittle were held out vs. UTM.

Tuberville said the Tigers have a major challenge on their hands against a team with lots of talent that was ranked No. 1 nationally in the preseason Top 25 poll. The coach noted the Bulldogs probably have the top two offensive players in the SEC in QB Matt Stafford and running back Knowshon Moreno. "We have got our work cut out for us," he said.

Tuberville said he liked the fact that his quarterback, Kodi Burns, who threw three interceptions the week before, didn't have any turnovers vs. UTM. "Other than a couple of throws, I thought he did a good job."

He also had praise for backup quarterback Neil Caudle. "I think he added something to our offense," Tuberville said of the redshirt sophomore who hit 4-5 passes in the fourth quarter. "He looked poised and looked a little more mature. Obviously, he is older than Kodi so it was good to see him do some things."

The coach said the Tigers could have played better on defense in their last outing. "We weren't very aggressive. We played soft at times. We gave them too many yards, but we did get the win. I thought we played pretty good in some areas.

"In the kicking game, Wesley (Wes Byrum) kicked some field goals. He had one that went to the right. He would like to have that one back, but I think he is getting in the step of things."

The Tigers practiced for approximately an hour on Sunday beginning preparations for the Bulldogs.

Tuberville said he and the players are looking forward to the November rivalry games with Georgia and Alabama. "For me, since I have been here, this is the fun time," he stated. "You fight to get to this point. Several years we have been to this point and obviously been a lot more successful, but it doesn't take anything away from these two games because we know how much they mean to fans and alumni of both teams."

News and Notes:Burns was named offensive player of the game for the UTM contest by the coaches and Chris Evans won the honor on defense...The entire kickoff return team was honored as the special teams player of the week...Tuberville said that Burns looked like a running back vs. UTM as he rushed for 158 yards on 13 carries. "He wasn't going to go down--he broke arm tackles," Tuberville said. "That is what we saw of him when he was in high school. I think that game will give him a lot of confidence, Of course, in the next two games he is going to have to protect himself a little bit more."

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