Another Tiger Honored by the SEC

Birmingham, Ala.--For the second straight week an Auburn football player has been honored by the Southeastern Conference.

Senior defensive end Antonio Coleman was named the SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week for his performance in Auburn's 49-24 victory over Mississippi State.

Coleman scored Auburn's second touchdown vs. the Bulldogs. He intercepted a pass thrown by Chris Relf and returned it 20 yards in the first quarter. Coleman added three tackles and helped the Tigers hold the Mississippi State offense to 297 yards.

Last week tailback Onterio McCalebb was selected as the SEC Freshman of the Week.

Commenting on his interception, Coleman said, "It came from hard work and just believing in my coach. Coach Rocker told me his defensive line gets one a year everywhere he coaches. I just dropped back and read the quarterback."

The Tigers are 2-0 after their SEC opener. "It's great, but we have got a lot of work to do," Coleman said. "That's two down. We have got 10 to go. It's getting tougher and tougher for us every week."

The Tigers will next take on a West Virginia team that defeated Auburn 34-17 last year in Morgantown with running back Noel Devine rushing for 207 yards against the Tigers. "I know about Noel Devine," Coleman said. "I'll tell you that. he's a good back."

The Tigers return to action with a 6:45 p.m. home game on Saturday night vs. a West Virginia that is 2-0 following a 35-20 victory over East Carolina. The game will be televised on ESPN2.

Florida's Tim Tebow was the SEC Offensive Player of the Week and Rahim Alem of LSU won the Defensive Player of the Week honor.

ITAT TV: Antonio Coleman

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