Time to Correct and Protect, Senior Says

Offensive tackle Andrew McCain comments on the offensive line play as the Auburn football team prepares for a home game against the Kentucky Wildcats.

Auburn, Ala.--A lot of things didn't go according to plan in Auburn's first loss of the season at Arkansas. One of the problems the football Tigers are trying to correct is doing a better job of protecting quarterback Chris Todd.

Going into the their game at Arkansas, the Tigers had allowed just two sacks all season, a statistic that put them at the head of the pack in the SEC. However, after allowing Todd to be taken down three times by the Razorbacks the Tigers are now tied for the league lead with Georgia in allowing the fewest sacks at 0.83 per contest.

"Our quarterback receiving two or three pressures and three sacks last week is unacceptable," says senior offensive tackle Andrew McCain. "That is not what we are about.

"We have got to get back to some fundamentals and get some things corrected so we don't have this feeling again next week," says McCain, whose 5-1 Tigers went down 44-23 in Fayetteville. The senior says he knows he can play better so that is what he will be focusing on going into game seven.

This week Auburn returns home for another SEC contest. Kentucky will journey to Jordan-Hare Stadium for the first time since the 2004 season for a game that kicks off at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday.

"You can believe we are going to go out there and work hard and get this thing back on track," says McCain, who points out that after studying video of his team's first loss of the season the offensive line he and the rest of the offensive line group are eager to play better this week vs. the Wildcats.

"We saw a game where we did some things right, but we made way too many mistakes," he says of last Saturday's game at Arkansas.

Andrew McCain

"We can afford to go three and out," McCain adds. "We did that too many times and we weren't able to get anything going in the first half. With the kind of offense Arkansas has, you can't afford to be playing behind the chains and you can't be playing two or three scores down because it is awfully hard to catch up to a ball club like that."

The Tigers will take on a Kentucky team that opened with a pair of non-conference victories over Miami of Ohio and Louisville, but the Wildcats have dropped three straight SEC games since then with losses to nationally ranked teams Florida, Alabama and South Carolina. Saturday's game will be televised by ESPNU as the Tigers try to improve their record to 3-1 in SEC play.

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